Volusia Co. deputies confirm a missing mother and her 2 kids are dead

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Deltona, Florida (WKMG) -- Volousia County deputies delivered the sad news Thursday evening that the mother and two children missing out of Deltona are dead. 

According to our CBS station in Orlando, deputies said they have not found the bodies of Yessenia Suarez, or her two children, Michael Otto, 8, and Thalia Otto, 9, but they did confirm that the three are deceased. 

The search for their bodies Friday took place mainly at a local landfill.

A Florida MISSING CHILD Alert was issued earlier Thursday for both of the kids, followed by word from deputies that they had officially named Suarez's husband, 31-year-old Luis Toledo, as a person of interest in their disappearances. 

The alert was cancelled just before 11:30 Thursday night.

Deputies said they are still interviewing Toledo. Details on those discussions, according to Brandon Haught of the Volusia County Sheriff's Office, cannot be released as of now.

"Keep in mind this is a very sensitive investigation and we want to be sure it comes to a satisfactory conclusion," Haught explained. "We will make sure the family gets satistifaction when this is finally all over. Please bear with us."

The investigation initially launched Wednesday when the mother and her two children were said to be missing- their last known sighting to be on Tuesday. 

Deputies arrested Toledo on Wednesday after they were called to the home to check on Suarez and the kids. Toledo's arrest stemmed from a domestic violence incident that took place at Yessenia's Lake Mary workplace the day before. 

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 speak to another employee and her bosses about the alleged indiscretions but couldn't find any.

Police said Toledo slapped Suarez while at her job. Toledo, who deputies say is a known gang member, left before police arrived at the scene, but they booked him into the Volusia County Jail in Daytona Beach after taking him into custody Wednesday at Suarez's home.

Suarez's family spoke out on Thursday, pleading for the public's help and then making a pointed plea to Suarez's husband.

"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.

"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 attended Rollins College.

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- having served a 4-year prison sentence as "Michael Garcia."

Deputies are continuing their investigation. They say they found both cars said to be registered in Suarez's name. One was in the driveway of her home; the other in the parking lot of a Lake Mary Publix. 

10 News will continue with updates on this developing story.


Volusia County deputies are searching on Wednesday for a mother and her two children, all reported missing and endangered.

A family member called the Sheriff's Office Wednesday morning and asked for deputies to conduct a well being check on 28-year-old Yessenia Suarez at a home on Covent Gardens Place in Deltona, deputies said.

Neither Suarez, nor 8-year-old Michael Otto and 9-year-old Thalia Otto, were there when deputies went to the home.

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Shortly after, Suarez's husband, Luis Toledo, 31, arrived at the home and was arrested based on battery charges from a Tuesday domestic violence incident with Suarez at her workplace in Lake Mary. Toledo had fled on Tuesday before police arrived at the scene and was booked into the Volusia County Jail in Daytona Beach on Wednesday afternoon.

Deputies said they are interviewing Toledo.

Family members say they have not heard from Suarez since Tuesday night. She is described as Hispanic, 5 feet 3 inches tall and 130 pounds with black hair and brown eyes.

Deputies are calling her disappearance suspicious. They have blocked off the Covent Gardens Place home with crime scene tape and are waiting for a search warrant to go inside the home.

Anyone with information about Suarez or her children is asked to call the Sheriff's Office at 386-736-5999 or 911 if there is an emergency.

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