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PA - Lydia Colon-Torres, 33, Lancaster, 25 Sept 2009
2 Oct 09
Authorities are still working to identify the body found Thursday in the Susquehanna River. Manor Township Police and Lancaster City Police are trying to determine if the body is that of a missing woman in Lancaster.
Lydia Colon Torres, 33, of Lancaster vanished last Friday.
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Coroner Identifies Body As Missing Lancaster Woman
POSTED: 2:48 pm EDT October 5, 2009
UPDATED: 10:30 pm EDT October 5, 2009
LANCASTER, Pa. -- The Lancaster County Coroner has identified the body of a woman found near the Susquehanna River in Manor Township Thursday morning.
The body is identified as Lydia Colon-Torres, 33, of Lancaster.
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Lancaster City police said they are looking at security camera footage from stores and streetes to determine where Torres had been and who she may have been with.
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The last day that her family and friends saw her, Lilly Colon-Torres went to Walmart with her mom and one of her sisters. She later chatted with her neighbors in the 300 block of Beaver Street.
The 33-year-old sat on her stoop with two men she had been letting stay with her. The oldest of her three sons played outside.
"She was really social and happy that day," said her next-door neighbor, Bianca Coates, 24. "She looked like she was having a good day."
That night, Colon-Torres vanished.
Eleven days later, her family learned she was dead after her body had been pulled from the Susquehanna River in an isolated, brushy area of Manor Township she had never been to, a spot hidden from the road that her family "never knew even existed," one said.
Police are investigating her disappearance.
What happened to this mother of three? Was she murdered? Did she commit suicide?
"We are all stunned," said her brother-in-law, John Suarez. "We're just waiting for the police."
Colon-Torres' family got its first hint something was wrong on the day she disappeared.
Late that day, around 11 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 25, her mother, Felicita Morales, stopped to see her daughter and her three grandsons.
But Colon-Torres, whose first name is Lydia but who goes by the nickname Lilly, was not home, Suarez said.
One of the two men staying with her was there, along with Colon-Torres' three sons.
Her mother picked up the three boys and took them to her house on Juniata Street.
The members of Colon-Torres' large, tight-knit family immediately started to worry about her whereabouts.
It was unusual for Colon-Torres to leave her sons, said Suarez, who is acting as the family spokesman.
"Nobody knew where she was," he said. "Nobody from the family communicated with her before she left. … Everybody was just waiting. We were all waiting. We were all shocked. We just didn't know."
The family waited all day Saturday for Colon-Torres to return home or to call.
"No Lilly," Suarez said.
Sunday, still no Lilly.
That was the day Suarez called the police to file a missing person report. The family also posted fliers, seeking information about her, all over the city.
Four days later, a body was pulled from the Susquehanna River, near the intersection of Route 441 and Donegal Street in Manor Township. It was found not far from the river bank in an area just beyond the railroad tracks that run parallel to the Susquehanna.
Colon-Torres' family members wondered if it was their missing loved one but waited for the final word.
"It was a long wait," Suarez said.
Five days later, after poring over dental records, authorities positively identified the body as Colon-Torres.
"I think reality had already sunk in," Suarez said.
Police are investigating what happened to the city woman. As that investigation continues, the county coroner, Dr. Stephen Diamantoni, has not released the cause or manner of Colon-Torres' death.
Diamantoni said he is waiting for the results of toxicology tests as well as the results of other tests and studies, which he said he could not discuss. Authorities also are gathering "historical information," he said.
Lancaster city police Detective Lt. Kent Sweitzer said, "At this point, we are looking at all possibilities. We're just exploring everything."
Sweitzer would not comment on whether Colon-Torres had obvious injuries or whether she was found in the nude, which has been reported by other media.
"We are working diligently on this," he said.
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