May 11, 2013

'When is it our turn? When is it my turn?'

A Maine family is happy for relatives of women found in Cleveland. But they await word of their missing son.

By David Hench
Staff Writer

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Ramona Torres of Denmark holds a photo of her son who disappeared 14 years ago, as she stands by the garden she made as a memorial to his life. “I go there and I talk to him when something happens to us,” she said.

Gordon Chibroski / Staff Photographer

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Angel “Tony” Torres was last seen by his parents on Mother’s Day in 1999. Now they hope for information to give them peace.

Gordon Chibroski / Staff Photographer

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Anyone with information about the disappearance of Angel Torres is asked to call Maine State Police at 800-228-0857.

When they find him, they plan to cremate his remains and put the ashes in his garden.

Ramona says that while she stays emotionally strong, the daily anguish has taken a heavy toll.

"How can I have faith in God when people say, 'Only God knows'? It's been 14 years. How long he's going to keep that from us?" she said, her voice raw with emotion.

"I'm very bitter with God. ... How can you put a mother through this?"

This is the first time Ramona has made the appeal for help. In the past, her husband was the spokesman because she didn't feel up to it.

Now she does. She said she gains strength from talking to the media.

Narciso said the pain of not knowing never goes away.

"It's always there in the back of your head. There are moments when something or people will remind you of him and you tend to get a little emotional," he said. "It just does not go away. It's there. It's awful. It's a nightmare.

"You have to keep in mind you have other children, a wife that needs you. You have to keep it together. You have your little moments where you kind of cry by yourself. You just miss him."

Ramona and Narciso have not celebrated their anniversary since their son called for the last time to wish them a happy anniversary.

This year, Ramona and Narciso Torres will try celebrating for the first time in 14 years.

Narciso said he's willing to try. Ramona said she wants to think positive.

"We're trying to move forward but it's hard," she said. 

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Sports balls are laid upon a bench in the garden made by Ramona Torres of Denmark, dedicated to her son Angel “Tony” Torres, who disappeared 14 years ago.

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