Police probe possible link between burned car, Barry University student’s murder

MIAMI GARDENS, FLA. (WSVN) - Police are trying to determine whether a burned out car found in a field in Miami Gardens is the one belonging to a Barry University student who was found shot dead this past weekend.

Miami Gardens Police and Miami-Dade Fire Rescue responded to a report of a vehicle fire in the area of Northwest 30th Avenue and 176th Street, just after 8:30 p.m. City of Miami Police also responded because they are working on the homicide of 19-year-old Priscilla Torres.

Officials said the vehicle was found burning in a field at Myrtle Grove Elementary School. The car matches the description of the white 2017 Nissan Sentra with the Florida tag HZBU86 that, police said, Torres was driving at the time of her disappearance.

However, officials have not specified whether this is the victim’s car.

Alicia de Solorzano, who lives across the street, said she witnessed the fire and heard an explosion.

Investigators said Torres, a college freshman, was last seen on the Barry University campus in Miami Shores, Friday evening. Just after 4:20 a.m., Saturday, police said the victim texted a friend.

About 10 minutes later, officials found a body in the City of Miami.

Torres was reported missing Sunday evening. The next morning, police identified the body found in Miami as Torres.

If you have any information on this murder investigation, call Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS. Remember, you can always remain anonymous, and you may be eligible for a $3,000 reward.

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