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By Joe Crews
posted Oct 25, 2013 - 10:07:10am
A Deltona woman and her two children, last seen Oct. 22 in Lake Mary, are presumed dead, although their bodies have not yet been found, the Volusia County Sheriff's Office said..
Yessenia Suarez, 27, and her children -- 8-year-old Michael Otto and 9-year-old Thalia Otto – are believed to be the victims of Suarez’s husband, Luis Toledo, 31.
Volusia County Sheriff’s investigators have named Toledo a person of interest in his family’s disappearance, said Sherff’s spokesman Brandon Haught, but Toledo had not been charged in connection with the disappearances as of Oct. 25.
The previous evening, on Oct. 24, the Sheriff's Office released a statement that said, "Based on the investigative findings, the Volusia County Sheriff’s Office’s Major Case Unit has discovered that the missing Deltona mother and her two children are deceased. The search for the victims’ bodies and the investigation into their deaths is still ongoing and no one has been charged at this time. Sheriff’s investigators and a victim advocate met a short time ago with the family to brief them on the status of the case. Investigators are continuing to talk to Luis Toledo, who is the husband of Yessenia Suarez and is considered a person of interest in the case."
Suarez and her children were declared missing Oct. 23, a day after Toledo is said to have confronted her at her job in Lake Mary, accusing her of inappropriate texting and slapping her, according to a Lake Mary police report, said Orlando TV station WKMG. Toledo fled the scene before police arrived, the station said.
A family member requested that Sheriff’s deputies make a well-being check at Suarez’s home Wednesday morning. Suaraz and her children were not there, but Toledo arrived a short while later, Haught said.
Deputies discovered there was a warrant for Toledo on domestic violence charges stemming from the workplace confrontation the day before. He was booked into the Volusia County Branch Jail on those charges, Haught said.
The search for Suarez and her children continued into the next day, he said, but by the end of the day Oct. 24, investigators told reporters the three were confirmed dead, although their bodies had not been found.
Toledo has been talking with investigators, but Haught wouldn’t release what he has said.
“Keep in mind this is a very sensitive investigation and we want to be sure it comes to a satisfactory conclusion,” Haught told reporters at the scene. “We will make sure the family gets satisfaction when this is finally all over.”
Suarez’s home on Covent Gardents Place in Deltona is still quarantined behind crime-scene tape while investigators continue to search it and one of Suzrez’s cars parked in the driveway.
Toledo is a known gang member who has a lengthy list of charges against him in Orange and Broward counties, as well as several aliases including Louis Colon, Hector Soto and Michael Garcia, WKMG said. He served a 4-year prison sentence under the last name, the station reported.
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