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Search for bodies continues
By Joe Crews
posted Oct 29, 2013 - 4:14:09pm
UPDATE WEDNESDAY, OCT. 30 12:30 P.M. — The Volusia County Sheriff's Office is searching for the bodies of a missing Deltona woman and her two children in the area of the Duke Power-Tucker Power Plant at 201 DeBary Ave. in Deltona, Sheriff's Office spokesman Gary Davidson announced today.
"In addition to Volusia County Sheriff’s deputies, the Sheriff’s Office is in process of mobilizing additional search resources through the assistance of the Seminole County Sheriff’s Office, the Lake County Sheriff’s Office and Volusia County Fire Services," Davidson added.
PREVIOUSLY REPORTED — Second-degree murder charges were filed Oct. 28 against Luis Toledo, whom the Sheriff’s Office identified last week as a “person of interest” in the disappearance of a Deltona woman and her two children.
Investigators said Toledo admitted to killing 28-year-old Yessinia Suarez during a violent argument, by striking her in the throat with an open hand. The blow killed her, Volusia County Sheriff’s spokesman Gary Davidson said.
Toledo has not been charged in connection with the disappearances of Suarez’s children, 8-year-old Michael Otto and 9-year-old Thalia Otto, Davidson said.
Investigators say Suarez and her children are dead, but are not saying how they know. None of the three bodies has been found, and authorities are not saying how the mother and children died.
Suarez and her children were last seen Oct. 22, not long after Toledo, Suarez’s husband, showed up at her workplace in Lake Mary to confront her and a co-worker she had been seeing, Davidson said. Toledo fled the scene after slapping Suarez in the face, the Sheriff’s Office said.
The next morning, Toledo drove up to Suarez’s Deltona home while deputies were making a well-being check at the request of a relative of Suarez’s. Toledo was arrested then on charges stemming from the Lake Mary incident, and has been held in the Volusia County Branch Jail ever since.
According to the Sheriff’s Office, Toledo initially told investigators he and his wife had argued at home the night of the workplace confrontation, but that he left the house around 10 p.m. He told authorities he returned a short while later and slept in his car outside the house, waking up at 8 a.m. At that time, Toledo told deputies, he went to work. but then returned to the house because he forgot something,
However, a neighbor told the Sheriff’s Office a different story. According to the report, the neighbor said Toledo had awakened him at 6 a.m. Oct. 23 and asked for help in dropping off his wife’s car. Toledo drove his wife’s vehicle to Lake Mary while the neighbor followed in Toledo’s car. They then returned to Deltona, the neighbor told the Sheriff’s Office.
During further questioning, Toledo admitted killing Suarez, but refused to disclose where her body is, the Sheriff’s Office said. However, he denied killing the children, and has implicated someone else in their deaths, Davidson said.
Toledo is being held without bond in the Branch Jail while the investigation and the search for the bodies continue, Davidson said.
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