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Two Years Later: Lilly Aramburo Remains Missing

It has been close to a year since I wrote my cover story about Lilly Aramburo, a 24-year-old single mother and drug addict who disappeared from her boyfriend's apartment June 1, 2007. Today there is still no trace of her, but friend Janet Forte presses on with her social media crusade to find out what happened to Aramburo.

There has been some progress. Joe Carrillo, a private investigator who helped Miami Police nab the Shenandoah Rapist, volunteered to help Forte track down leads. On a recent afternoon, Carrillo met with me to give an update on his investigation, which he is doing free of charge.

A former bodyguard for Latin-pop boy band Menudo, Carrillo stands over six feet tall and has a gleaming bald head à la Kojak.

He says he believes Christen Pacheco, Aramburo's boyfriend, had nothing to do with her disappearance. "He was telling the truth when he said Lilly left his apartment after they got into an argument," Carrillo notes. 

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Carrillo says he interviewed two of Aramburo's friends, who told him about a house at 35 Percival Ave. in Coconut Grove, at the time a known flophouse where Aramburo and her pals smoked crack. Carrillo says he received another tip, that Aramburo, after leaving Pacheco's apartment, went to that house, where she was allegedly killed by three individuals she knew, including a drug dealer who has a murder conviction. 

I've chosen not to disclose their names until I've had an opportunity to verify Carrillo's claims.

Carrillo says he provided the names of the three men to Miami-Dade Police detectives investigating Aramburo's disappearance on four occasions. "They haven't done squat," Carrillo says.

This Sunday at 6 p.m., Forte will lead a march from CocoWalk to 35 Percival Ave., where she will hold a candlelight vigil in Aramburo's honor. 

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