Kayla Chadwick's remains ID'd more than a year after she went missing, Ivan Torralba in custody
As is clear from the agonizing story of Dylan Redwine, the pain felt by families of missing young people grows when questions are left unanswered. In Dylan's case, seven months passed between the thirteen year old's disappearance and the identification of his remains in southwestern Colorado last week. But the wait has been even longer for those who loved Kayla Chadwick, seventeen, last seen safe in March 2012. DNA has now confirmed her death, and while a person of interest is in custody, he has not yet been charged with murder.
Big photos, video below.
Miss Kayla was ready to finish high school, and looking forward to beginning college. There are conflicting stories about her last moments, although it is known there was an argument between her and her boyfriend right before she was on her way home.That BF was Ivan Torralba, also a senior at Fort Morgan high; he's now nineteen. Kayla's family harbored suspicions about Torralba from the beginning. But the Facebook page kept the focus on Kayla, interspersing posts featuring missing posters....
...and photos of Kayla....
...with hopeful images like this one:
Nonetheless, time passed without any sign of Kayla. Meanwhile, law enforcers in Fort Morgan kept digging for information -- and last November, Torralba was arrested.
The bust wasn't for Kayla's disappearance -- at least not directly. CBS4 reported at the time that a grand jury had been convened to explore the case, with Torralba among those called to testify. He was subsequently indicted, with charges against him including four perjury counts, plus destruction of evidence and attempting to influence a public servant. Here's the booking photo that resulted:
Nonetheless, the mystery of Kayla's disappearance continued to linger.
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