Reward for information in Tony Torres' disappearance upped to $15k

BY DAYMOND STEER

DENMARK, Maine — The reward for information related to the disappearance of Angel "Tony" Torres has now been tripled to $15,000 because of a recent donations from two of Torres' childhood friends. The Torres family will hold a press conference in Gray, Maine, on Friday to plead to the public for any information they can get.

Torres, who grew up in the Maine town, went missing in 1999 in Biddeford/Old Orchard Beach area. Foul play is suspected.

He was a 21-year-old junior at Framingham State College in Massachusetts. At the time of his disappearance, Tony may have been heading to North Conway. He was wearing a large gold chain with a crucifix pendant.

His parents, Narciso and Ramona Torres of Denmark, are still offering a $5,000 reward for information leading them to their son, who would have turned 38 on April 1.

Just recently, another friend, Abram Chappell, who grew up in Brownfield, decided to add another $5,000 to the pot. Chappell, 38, who now lives in New York City and works in finance, said he met Tony in the third grade.

"We became like brothers immediately," said Chappell. "The friendship was steadfast through grade, middle, high school and college. The Torres family and mine are like family to this day, spending holidays and extended family gatherings together."

Chappell and his wife, Ariana, decided closure for the Torres family is "long overdue." He said that he attended Fordham University and the first time he visited the university was with Tony and Ramona on a trip in 1995. During that trip he stayed at Tony's grandmother's home.

"When I stop to think about it, I guess there is a chance I would not have gone to Fordham, would not have met my wife and would not have my two beautiful boys if not for Tony and Ramona," said Chappell. "I owe it to the Torres family to try to help. I cannot think of a better way for the money to be spent."

In March, Torres' friend Jason Kohn, 38, now a pizza shop owner in Fort Myers, Fla., decided to add $5,000 to the reward.

"I'm doing this because I have three children and I know how much pain this has caused the Torres family," said Kohn. "They need to have closure in this. And the ones responsible for this need to be brought to justice."

At the press conference at the Maine State Police barracks in Gray, the Torres family will announce the new reward amount and ask for information regarding Tony's disappearance.

"With another Mother's Day behind us and with the anniversary of his disappearance coming up May 21, my heart aches every day," said Tony's mother about the 17th anniversary of his disappearance. "It does not grow less with the years."

Anyone with information about this case is encouraged to contact Maine State Police at (800) 228-0857 or in Maine only at (207) 657-3030.