Bedford dad waits for answers in daughter's mysterious death

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by MARCUS MOORE

WFAA

Posted on August 23, 2012 at 7:50 AM

Updated Thursday, Aug 23 at 8:17 AM

BEDFORD — "I look at it every day. And every night."

That’s how often Jamil Valladares looks at the pictures hanging on the wall of his Bedford home. They are photos of his 19-year-old daughter Ashley, who went missing in Euless on May 4.

Her body was discovered two weeks later in a field.

Now, three-and-half months after a passerby found Ashley's body, police still don't know how she died.

"It's hard. It's been a long time,” Valladares told News 8 through a translator. "Losing a child is the hardest thing one can go through."

Two crosses now stand in the wooded area where a man who was walking his dog found Ashley's body. It was about 150 yards from her Euless apartment along South Industrial Boulevard.

Her body was so badly decomposed, the medical examiner is waiting on test results to determine how the teenager died.

Detectives say they are waiting for DNA evidence; right now, they're in a holding pattern.

It is a wait that Jamil Valladares hopes will end soon.

He said the pictures on his wall "...help me remember her forever. They are the only way I feel some bit of peace in my heart."

E-mail mmoore@wfaa.com

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