Yet the family she has created will never quite replace the family she lost. And the biggest photo on the wall is not of her boys but of an eerily familiar scene. It is the snapshot that Nilsa Padilla sent home to Puerto Rico — the one in which she's smiling and holding up baby Bernisa for the world to see.

Gloria stares up at the woman whose murder was her first memory and says, "I think she loved us."

Nilsa Padilla's torso, wrapped in a green trash bag, washed up on Virginia Key in 1985.
Courtesy of Miami-Dade Police Department
Nilsa Padilla's torso, wrapped in a green trash bag, washed up on Virginia Key in 1985.
Nilsa Padilla holds baby Bernisa in a 1977 photo.
Courtesy of Miami-Dade Police Department
Nilsa Padilla holds baby Bernisa in a 1977 photo.

Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Jorge Walter Nuñez, also known as Rafael Guzman, is encouraged to call the Miami-Dade Police Department's Sgt. Charles McCully at 305-471-2334 or Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS (8477).

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