The Indian River County Sheriff’s Office says that a man suspected of killing his wife in Vero Beach was found dead from “a self-inflicted gunshot wound” outside of the Sawgrass Mills mall in Sunrise, Florida on Monday.
Pedro Torres was wanted and considered armed and dangerous after deputies discovered his wife, Vicky Torres, murdered on Sunday morning in their home on 102nd Avenue in Vero Beach.
Officials say Torres called his mother as he fled his home and told her what he had done.
The suspect’s mother came to the house and called the Sheriff’s office. Sources say the couple had three children who are now in the care of relatives.
Law enforcement began a manhunt, immediately suspecting Torres would flee to South Florida. The Indian River County Sheriff’s Office alerted police departments in areas where Vicky Torres had family.
It is not known if Pedro Torres contacted additional relatives, but police do not believe he made any threats.
Roads surrounding the Sawgrass Mills mall were closed to traffic while police officers and SWAT searched for the confessed murderer.
Officials say that they have evidence that confirms Pedro Torres committed suicide shortly before they discovered his body at about 11:30 a.m. Monday, inside a green 2011 Toyota Sienna minivan.
Indian River County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to a home located in the 8100 block of 102nd Avenue in Vero Beach on Sunday morning. Upon entering, officers discovered Vicky Torres, 45, deceased.
The sheriff’s office issued a Be-On-The-Look-Out order for the woman’s husband, Pedro Torres, whom they believe is the killer. They also believe he is armed and dangerous.
Authorities say Pedro Torres could be driving a light green Toyota Sienna with a Florida licence plate of Y06IVL. The suspect is known to frequent areas of Broward County and is believed to be hiding there.
Indian River County Sheriff Deryl Loar said they are working with South Florida law enforcement officials to find Torres.
“Tragically, we have experienced another domestic violence homicide in our county. We know that domestic violence is a crime that spans all socioeconomic boundaries. We are working with our partners in South Florida to locate and apprehend Pedro Torres so he can be held accountable for this crime.”
Officials have not released details outlining why they believe Torres killed his wife, nor have they clarified the events leading up to the homicide. They do not believe he is still in Vero Beach.
What they have said is that Pedro Torres is believed to be armed and dangerous. They ask anyone with information of his whereabouts or encounters Torres to not approach the suspect – call 9-1-1 immediately. You may remain anonymous and may qualify for up to a $3,000 reward.
Any information can be reported to Treasure Coast Crime Stoppers at 1-800-273-TIPS (8477) or by via their website at www.tcwatch.org.