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Husband of missing Deltona mother attempts suicide in custody

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Updated: 10/26/2013 2:16 pm
DELTONA, Fla. (WFTV) -- The husband of a missing mother, who investigators said is dead, attempted suicide while in custody Saturday morning, according to the Volusia County Sheriff's Office.

Luis Toledo, 31, is the sole person of interest in the disappearnce of his wife, Yessenia Suarez, and her two children. Investigators announced Thursday that Suarez and the children are dead, but their bodies have not been found.

Toledo was in custody and being questioned Saturday morning when he asked to use the bathroom. Sheriff's Office officials said Toledo was guarded by a deputy but forced the doorway closed, smashed his head on the mirror and tried use pieces of the mirror to cut himself.

Deputies said he was quickly secured and had to be taken to Halifax Health Medical Center to be treated for cuts, which are non-life-threatening.

Meanwhile, the search continues for the bodies Saurez and her two young children, who disappeared Tuesday night. Sheriff's spokesman Gary Davidson confirmed that Suarez and her children -- 8-year-old Michael Otto and 9-year-old Thalia Otto -- are dead, but they have not released any additional information.

Skywitness 9 HD was over a landfill in Geneva Friday afternoon where investigators bagged up items. Authorities would not confirm whether the search was related to the disappearance.

Toledo, 31, has been continuously questioned by authorities since being taken into custody. No charges have been filed in connection with the disappearances.

Suarez's family told WFTV that detectives told them Toledo confessed to killing the three, but officials would not confirm that.

Suarez's father, Emilio Suarez, talked to WFTV on Friday and said he's holding out hope that they're alive until he gets proof that they are deceased.

"I've been praying a lot and I'm hoping my daughter is with my grandkids. So we don't have that much information from the police. Yesterday I spoke with a couple of deputies, can't say names because that will interfere with the investigation. But they got a lot of stuff like that. But so far, they haven't found nothing," he said.

On Wednesday morning family members called the Sheriff's Office and asked for deputies to conduct a well-being check on the 28-year-old mother at her Covent Gardens Place home in Deltona. But when Volusia sheriff's deputies responded to the Deltona address, Suarez and her children weren't there.

On Thursday investigators from Volusia County crossed jurisdictions to pull potential evidence out of a set of dumpsters in Sanford.

Authorities said one of Yessenia's two vehicles was found by Lake Mary police at a Publix parking lot, but there was no sign of her or her children.

Suarez had been the victim of domestic violence in Lake Mary on Tuesday, before her disappearnce. WFTV learned Toledo and Suarez had been talking about separating and that Toledo was angry about some text messages he found on his wife's phone. He showed up at American K-9 Detection Services, where he confronted Suarez and allegedly slapped her, authorities said.

Witnesses said Toledo was calm when he left the business Tuesday. But when investigators told him over the phone that he could face charges for slapping his wife, they said Toledo got angry and hung up on them.

Suarez's family said the three went missing just hours later. Toledo was subsequently arrested based on Lake Mary Police Department's battery charge from the previous day. He was booked into the Volusia County Jail in Daytona Beach.

Toledo appeared in court on Friday in connection with the domestic charge and was denied bond.
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nativejax - 10/26/2013 10:54 PM
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Let the maggot kill himself, save us a lot of money. His eyes are that of a dead mans anyway.

Gunny48 - 10/26/2013 4:02 PM
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Everything is about him in his world.
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