He had a beard and lost over 35 or 40 pounds, Laura Barahona told investigators during a March 2011 interview.
Laura was describing her brother, Jorge, the Saturday in February when, she says, Jorge showed up at her Miami home. She hadn't seen her brother in 3 years, she said.
Laura's interview is one of more than a dozen new elements released by the Miami State Attorney's Office. The heavily redacted documents were made public 10 months after Jorge's truck was discovered on Valentine's Day along I-95, just north of Palm Beach Lakes Boulevard.
It was there that Jorge's adoptive daughter, 10-year-old Nubia, was found inside, her young body stuffed in a black plastic bag. Her twin brother, Victor, was also found at the scene, trembling and soaked in chemicals.
Jorge and his wife, Carmen, are now facing murder charges and a slew of child abuse charges.
In her interview with investigators, Laura Barahona's sister described Jorge's visit. According to Laura, Jorge and Nubia's twin brother, Victor, showed up at her home Saturday morning. Jorge, she described, looked skinny and Victor looked bruised.
"The first thing I noticed was the cut on his lip," she described Victor. "It was like a child with a cleft lip."
Laura went on to tell investigators how the two spent that night. But their visit, she said was, "the weirdest thing."
Laura, who is employed as a nurse, noticed marks on Victor's wrists and ankles. She also said she wanted to call police, but Jorge discouraged her, making a gesture like he was going to get arrested.
Over the next 12 hours, his visit prompted family-wide concern and reaction. That Saturday night, Laura and one of Jorge's brother's stopped by Jorge's home. There, they met with Carmen who broke down when Laura asked her if Jorge abused her.
But despite repeated questions by family members, Jorge and Carmen reportedly remained vague and unclear over what was going on and neither could answer the question, 'Where was Nubia?'
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