Vivian Villarreal to Hold Press Conference Tuesday Nov. 29

Vivian Villarreal

SAN ANTONIO – Vivian Villarreal, a professional women's billiards player, will hold a press conference on Tuesday, November 29 at 4 p.m. at the Radisson Hotel on 502 W. Durango Blvd. in San Antonio to discuss the recent discovery of her abducted daughter Nathalie Garcia.

Nathalie Garcia was spotted recently on a missing child flyer by one of her classmates and found living with her biological mother, Maria Guerra, in Malvern, Ark. In 1997, Guerra took Nathalie in San Antonio from Villarreal after losing custody of the child following a conviction.

Villarreal met with Nathalie for the first time in eight years on Wednesday, Nov. 23. During that supervised meeting, custody matters and visitation privileges were discussed. A hearing has been scheduled for December 15, 2005, in Hot Springs County Court in Arkansas.

Villarreal had spent the last eight years searching for Nathalie since she was abducted. She collaborated with law enforcement authorities who issued warrants for Maria Guerra and worked with the “The Missing Children's Network” over the years in hopes of locating Nathalie. She also created a foundation called “Vivian's Kidz” aimed at helping missing and exploited children.

As a touring pro on the Women's Professional Billiards Association (WPBA), Villarreal currently ranks No. 9 in the world. She achieved the No. 1 ranking inthe world from 1993-95 and was named WPBA Player of the Year in 1993. Nicknamed by her fans the “Texas Tornado,” she has won numerous tournament titles in her career, and her matches can often be seen on ESPN. She is managed by Seminole Sports Management (SSM) based in Hollywood, Fla.

For more information, contact Ryan Rogers at 985-438-7040. For directions to the Radisson Hotel in San Antonio, call 210-224-7155.