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Body of Cuban boy who was missing for a year finally found

Authorities found the body after the murderer confessed

La madre del menor, Airovis Ávila Pérez, declaró que las autoridades encontraron el cuerpo tras la confesión del asesino.
La madre del menor, Airovis Ávila Pérez, declaró que las autoridades encontraron el cuerpo tras la confesión del asesino. | Collage: ADN Cuba

January 17, 2022 6:19pm

Updated: January 17, 2022 8:24pm

The Cuban police found the dead body of Yosvany Villar Avila on January 14 in Loma de Chaple, a Havana neighborhood, after his family reported his disappearance more than a year ago, reported 14ymedio.

Authorities found the body after the murderer's confession, according to statements made by the boy's mother, Airovis Avila Perez. On Monday, Avila Perez will be able to pick up the body of her son to hold a wake on January 17.

The previous week the neighbor's family, whom the Cuban mother had pointed out as a suspect in her son's disappearance, was summoned to testify at the 100 y Aldabó prison. Ariel, the 29-year-old suspect, was previously in jail for several months awaiting trial for attempted rape of a minor.

"Yes, it was Ariel; we mothers make few mistakes," the mother told 14ymedio. She had told the police that her son was last with the neighbor.

"I told the head of Attention to Minors from the very first moment, but he told me that he could not suspect the man if there was no proof," said Avila Perez.

The mother asked Diaz-Canel for help to find her missing son

In early January 2022, Airovis Avila Perez asked Cuban President Miguel Diaz-Canel on Twitter to help her find her son.

"I have a child missing for 1 year and I want my president to help me look for him please help me @DiazCanelB," the Cuban mother tweeted.

Faced with constant complaints about the case from the family, the police warned the boy's grandmother, Elena Pérez Alfonso, that she could not give details or "statements or upload photos of my grandson to social media."

Villar Avila was last seen playing at Lawton on December 11, 2020, at 9:00 am.

Yosvany was studying on scholarship in seventh grade at a special school in the municipality of Caimito because he had psychological problems, according to his mother.