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Yessenia Suarez, two children from Deltona home confirmed dead by officials

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  • DELTONA, Fla. -- A mother and her two children who haven't been seen since Tuesday are dead, and investigators continue to question her husband, who is considered a person of interest, according to the Volusia County Sheriff's Office.

    Deputies said they confirmed the deaths of Yessenia Suarez, 28, Thalia Otto, 9 and Michael Otto, 8, through their investigation, though the bodies have not yet been found. Deputies will continue to search in multiple locations throughout the night.

    Volusia County Sheriff's Office spokesman Brandon Haught said the family of the deceased was informed of the deaths at about 6 p.m.

    "There is a large gathering of friends and family over there right now, all very supportive of one another," said Haught.

    No one has been charged yet.

    The three were not at their home on Covent Gardens Place in Deltona after a family member requested a well-being check Wednesday morning.

    The family member said Suarez's husband, Luis Toledo, had shown up at her place of work in Lake Mary on Tuesday and hit her, and that Suarez was afraid of Toledo.

    Authorities obtained a search warrant Wednesday night and were taking photographs and video inside the home in hopes of uncovering evidence that could explain their disappearance.

    Shortly after deputies arrived at the home Wednesday, they said Toledo showed up.

    "A few minutes after being on scene, Mr. Toledo came on scene and started talking to deputies and causing a bit of a disturbance," said Haught. "We found out he had charges pending on him from Lake Mary, and we asked Lake Mary if they would like to come arrest him, and they did so."

    Suarez has two vehicles registered to her name. One was found in the driveway of her home, while the other was found in the parking lot of a Publix store in Lake Mary.

    Toledo was arrested on a domestic violence charge and taken to the Volusia County Jail, where investigators said they were questioning him. He was expected to face a judge Thursday afternoon, but his appearance was delayed because officials said he is starting to cooperate.

    Toledo has an extensive criminal history, including several counts of aggravated assault, aggravated battery and one count of shooting into an occupied dwelling between 1997 and 1999. However, those charges were dropped.

    He served a year in prison for a burglary in Orange County.

    In 2000, he was charged with attempted second-degree murder and kidnapping in Orange County, but the case was dismissed before going to trial.

    In June 2012, a woman requested a temporary injunction against him, claiming he sent her a series of text messages threatening to hurt her and take her children.

    Anyone with information is asked to call the Volusia County Sheriff's Office at 386-254-1535.

    WESH

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