Cold Case Spotlight – Amparo Arias Torres

On Thursday, June 11, 1981 a foul odor coming from an apartment on SW 88th Street in Miami, Florida led to the discovery of the decomposing body of 29-year-old Amparo Arias Torres. She had been shot and killed by an unknown suspect(s) in her home. According to the Miami-Dade Police Department, Amparo was known to keep to herself with the exception of several unidentified men that visited her apartment from time to time.  Investigators stated that Amparo’s apartment was “well kept and fashionable” and indications are that there was no sign of forced entry or ransacking of the home before, during or after the attack. Police have not indicated any motive in the case but there is a chance the murder is connected to Amparo’s husband’s involvement in criminal activity at the time. Reports indicate that 2 coffee cups were found at the scene but it is unknown if they have been tested or retested for DNA.

Amparo had a 3-year-old son, Alex, who had gone to stay with family in Canada at the time of her murder. Alex has no memories of his mother but his love for her and his desire to find justice is evident as he shares his story with those willing to listen.

If you have any information on the unsolved murder of Amparo Arias Torres, please contact the Miami-Dade Police Department at (305) 471-2350 or email at To remain anonymous, and possibly be eligible for a reward, call Crime Stoppers at (305) 471-8477.


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