A 28-year-old Volusia County mother and her two children were missing and possibly in danger under “suspicious circumstances,” authorities said, and the woman’s husband was jailed Wednesday in a domestic violence incident.
Sheriff’s investigators said they are looking for 28-year-old Yessenia Suarez, and a Florida Missing Children Alert has been issued for Thalia Otto, 9, and Michael Otto, 8. They were last seen at their Deltona home. Family members have not heard from Suarez since Tuesday night.
Suarez’s husband, Luis Toledo, 31, was arrested on a domestic battery charge Wednesday. According to the an arrest report, he went to his wife’s place of employment in Lake Mary on Tuesday afternoon and slapped her cheek during an argument. He fled before Lake Mary police arrived.
Deputies were called to the couple’s residence Wednesday morning to check on Suarez after receiving a call from relatives. Neither her nor the children were home, but Luis Toledo arrived while deputies were there, the sheriff’s office said. That’s when he was taken into custody in the Lake Mary incident.
Deputies are asking for the public’s help in locating Suarez and her children.
Thalia was described as an Hispanic female, about 3 feet tall and 50 pounds, with black hair and brown eyes.
Michael was described as an Hispanic male, 3 feet 6 inches tall and 60 pounds, with black hair and brown eyes.
Suarez was described as an Hispanic female, 5 feet 3 inches tall and 130 pounds, with black hair and brown eyes.
Anyone with information was asked to call 911 or the Volusia County Sheriff’s Office at (386) 254-1535.