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."
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, of Deltona. Her husband Luis Toledo, 31, is now being considered a possible person of interest in the disappearance. Suarez's 2013 Honda Accord, was recovered on Wednesday in the parking lot of a Lake Mary Publix.
"We're hoping that this will be a better outcome at the end, because we really miss her and we haven't heard from her," said Ruben Perez, the father of Suarez. "Every morning, she calls my wife, and they make contact every morning before 8 o'clock in the morning and when my wife didn't receive a call, my wife decided to come over here, because she called the school and the kids hadn't gone to school either."
A spokesman with the Sheriff's Office said that Suarez had been the victim of domestic violence in Lake Mary on Tuesday, but the suspect, her husband Toledo, fled before Lake Mary police officers arrived.
When Volusia Sheriff's deputies responded to the Deltona address to conduct the well being check Wednesday, Suarez and her children were not there. Toledo did arrive at the house a short time later and he was subsequently arrested based on Lake Mary Police Department's battery charge from the previous day.
Deputies say Toledo is not the father of the two missing children. Family members say that he and Suarez have been married for two years.
Toledo was booked into the Volusia County Branch Jail in Daytona Beach and is being held without bond.
Suarez is Hispanic, stand 5 feet, 3 inches tall and weighs 130 pounds. She has black hair and brown eyes. Her children are 8-year-old Michael Otto and 9-year-old Thalia Otto.
"I'm praying that the best outcome possible will happen," Perez said. "I told my wife, we're not going to lose hope. That's the last thing that we're going to lose, is our hope, because we're hoping that she will appear."
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.