Residents recognize truck involved in murder mystery
SOUTH MIAMI-DADE (WSVN) -- Witnesses who recognize the truck that was seen dumping the body of an 18-year-old woman are coming forward in an attempt to help police find the man believed responsible.
The whereabouts of the now infamous work truck remains a mystery, but that does not mean people have not seen it. "I recognize that truck," said South Miami-Dade resident Dimitrius Leath. "That's the truck. I recognize the fence on the back of it."
Leath contacted Crime Stoppers immediately after seeing the truck on 7News, but he did not have a tag number and was told he did not have enough specifics.
He said the truck picked up day laborers in his neighborhood just blocks away from where Tiffany Cabreja's body was found.
However, Leath said, he has not seen the truck since police announced they have been looking for it and certainly not since friends and family gathered to remember Cabreja.
The victim's mother, Miriam Vasquez, said in tears, "I cannot think what this cruel person was thinking, what he did to her."
Police are searching for the truck and the driver, who was said to have been spotted tending to the body that fell from the passenger seat before it was loaded back on, as a child believed to be as young as 1 year old sat inside the vehicle.
Another witness, who only gave her first name, said she has turned over a key clue to police: her security video of the truck as it turned off of Southwest 288th Street onto 144th Avenue. "Whatever I can do to help catch a murderer, we will do," said Joyce.
Police describe the subject as a white Latin male in his 30s, but that vague description is about all they have. "He's short, looked Mexican," said Leath. "About 34,35."
Miami-Dade Police Department Detective Roy Rutland said, "Some of the people in the community are concerned about coming forward because of immigration status."
However, police said, they should not worry about that.
If you have any information on the whereabouts of the subject or truck, call Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS. Remember, you can always remain anonymous, and you may be eligible for a reward.
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