Update:Yessenia Suarez and her children have been found dead
Family: Mom, kids reported missing hours after husband beat wife up
Yessenia Suarez and children
DELTONA, Fla. —
The Volusia County Sheriff's Office is seeking the public's help in locating a mother and her two children who are considered missing and endangered under suspicious circumstances.
The woman's mother called the Sheriff's Office Wednesday morning and asked for deputies to conduct a well-being check on 28-year-old Yessenia Suarez at her Covent Gardens Place home in Deltona.
When Volusia sheriff's deputies responded to the Deltona address on Wednesday, Suarez and her children, 8-year-old Michael Otto and 9-year-old Thalia Otto, were not there.
Her family is trying to hold it together as they wait for word about where Suarez and her two children may be.
"We don't know what to think. We're waiting to see if she calls or appears. We don't want to think the worst," said family member Jose Velazquez. "They are worried. Her mom is crying a lot."
Authorities are calling the disappearance suspicious because they said Suarez had been the victim of domestic violence in Lake Mary on Tuesday.
Her family said the three went missing just hours after Suarez's husband, Luis Toledo, 31, showed up at Suarez's job in Lake Mary and beat her up.
Toledo fled before Lake Mary police officers had arrived on the scene.
Authorities said Toledo arrived at the house a short time later and was subsequently arrested based on Lake Mary Police Department's battery charge from the previous day. He was booked into the Volusia County Jail in Daytona Beach.
"They've been arguing for the past two weeks," Brandon Haught with the Volusia County Sheriff's Office said. "After a domestic violence situation, and then to be out of contact with your own family for quite a while, does raise those suspicions."
Anyone with information about Suarez and her children is asked to call the Sheriff's Office at 386-736-5999.
Deputies said they have not found the bodies of Yessenia Suarez and her two children, 8-year-old Michael Otto and 9-year-old Thalia Otto but they did confirm that the three are dead.
Suarez and her children were reported missing on Wednesday and Suarez's husband, Luis Toledo (pictured, below), was named a person of interest in her disappearance on Thursday, according to deputies.
Suarez and her children were last spotted on Tuesday. One of Suarez's two vehicles were found in the driveway of her home. The other, a 2013 Honda Accord, was recovered on Wednesday in the parking lot of a Publix store in Lake Mary.
A family member called VCSO on Wednesday morning and asked for deputies to conduct a well-being check on 28-year-old Suarez at a home on Covent Gardens Place in Deltona, officials said. Neither Suarez, nor her children were at the home.
Shortly after, Toledo, 31, arrived at the home and was arrested based on battery charges from a domestic violence incident that occurred Tuesday at his wife's workplace--American K-9 Detection Services in Lake Mary.
According to a police report, Toledo said he went to his wife's work to confront her about text messages found on her phone. Toledo also wanted to sleep to another employee and her bosses about the alleged indiscretions but couldn't find any.
Police said Toledo slapped Suarez at her job. Toledo, who deputies say is a known gang member, fled before police arrived at the scene, but he was booked into the Volusia County Jail in Daytona Beach on Wednesday.
"It's really hitting hard and for me and my wife it's been a nightmare...and this nightmare hasn't ended," said Suarez's father, Ruben Perez.
The Florida Department of Law Enforcement issued a missing child alert for the siblings early Thursday. They are also investigating with VCSO.
Suarez's family spoke out on Thursday, pleading for the public's help and then making a pointed plea to Suarez's husband.
"If anybody sees my grand kids please and my daughter turn them to me please," said Suarez's mother, Felicia Perez. "Please, please I beg you Louis. You know you know where they at, please that's all I ask."
Suarez's family says she is set to graduate from Rollins College in May. Records show she had one domestic violence battery charged in 2008.
Toledo has had charges of burglary, kidnapping and firearms charges against him in Broward and Orange counties. He has a list of aliases as well, known as Louis Colon, Hector Soto or Michael Garcia, records show.
Toledo served a 4-year prison sentence as "Michael Garcia."
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Missing Deltona mom and 2 children are dead, authorities say
Yessenia Suarez and her two children went missing after her husband slapped her during an argument.
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Fox report on Deltona mom and kids
By Arelis R. Hernández, Desiree Stennett and Susan Jacobson, Orlando Sentinel
October 25, 2013
A missing Deltona mother and her children are dead, and the search was on late Thursday for their bodies, the Volusia County Sheriff's Office said.
Yessenia Suarez, 28, Thalia Otto, 9, and Michael Otto, 8, were last seen Tuesday.
"They found them dead. The boy. The girl. All three, they're dead," a woman sobbed as she ran into the arms of other mourners in the driveway of Suarez's parents' home in Deltona.
Relatives and friends shuffled in and out of the house on Paddington Place pressing cellphones to their faces to inform yet another friend of the tragedy. Some spoke in whispers. Others wailed.
Deputies would not reveal how they learned the mother and children had died, saying they want to be sure the case is solved.
"It's a very sensitive investigation," sheriff's spokesman Brandon Haught said. "We've been following leads wherever they may take us."
Suarez's husband, Luis Toledo, 31, was arrested Wednesday on a domestic-violence battery charge after investigators said he went to his wife's job in Lake Mary about 1:30 p.m. Tuesday and slapped her face.
Deputies called him a "person of interest" in the deaths and were interviewing him. He acknowledged arguing with his wife but denied hitting her, documents show.
Toledo became upset about text messages he found on Suarez's phone and went to her office at American K-9 Detection Services on Primera Boulevard to tell a manager about "her indiscretions," an arrest report states. He got into an argument with Suarez and slapped her, leaving a red mark on her cheek, according to the report.
That was the last time anyone at work saw Suarez, a company spokesman said.
Her family told investigators she and her husband had been talking about separating. Records show they were married on New Year's Day 2011.
A Volusia County woman sought a domestic-violence injunction against Toledo last year after he sent more than 50 threatening text and voice-mail messages to her in two days, according to court records.
Kimberly Lasanta had just served Toledo's brother with divorce papers when she began receiving the threats, according to her court petition.
"He has threatened to take my kids, send someone to come in my house and hurt me," Lasanta wrote. "He threatened to put me in jail and hurt me. I have saved all 54 text messages for the judge to see. I am in fear of this man."
A judge rejected her request.
Florida Department of Corrections records suggest Toledo served time in state prison for a series of 1999 crimes in Broward County: armed burglary, robbery with a deadly weapon and kidnapping. He also was sentenced to 13 months in prison for an Orange County burglary.
The records are under a different name — Michael Garcia — but list Luis Alberto Toledo as an alias. The mug shot on the department website appears to be of Toledo, and the birth date matches his.
He was released April 30, 2008, records state.
Earlier Thursday, Suarez's father, Ruben Perez, told reporters gathered at his home that he had not seen his daughter or her children since Tuesday. Deputies began looking for the mother and children after relatives raised alarm at not hearing from Suarez
"She wouldn't just take off like that," Perez said.
Re: Update:Yessenia Suarez and children have been found dead
Heartbreaking, he was extremely paranoid and jealous of her
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