(DAYTONA BEACH, Fla.) — The sole person of interest in the disappearance of a missing Florida mother and her two young children attempted suicide while in custody, police said.
Luis Toledo, 31, tried to commit suicide in Volusia County Jail in Daytona Beach, Fla., on Saturday by ramming his head into a bathroom mirror and then using the glass to cut himself, according to ABC News’ Orlando affiliate WFTV-TV. He was transported to Halifax Health Medical Center for non-life-threatening injuries.
Toledo is the lone person of interest in the disappearance of his wife, Yessenia Suarez, and her children.
Suarez, 28, of Deltona, Fla., her eight-year-old son, Michael Otto, and her nine-year-old daughter, Thalia Otto, have been missing since Tuesday, according to a Volusia County Sheriff’s Office news release.
Hours before she was last seen, Suarez was involved in a domestic dispute with Toledo, Volusia County Sheriff’s officials said. Toledo allegedly slapped Suarez at her job, angry over a possible separation as well as text messages he found on his wife’s phone.
Toledo “caused a disturbance, battered her and then fled the scene,” Volusia County Sheriff spokesman Brandon Haught told ABC News.
He was arrested at his home on a domestic battery charge, according to jail records. He was booked into the Volusia County Branch Jail in Daytona Beach, Fla. on Wednesday, where he is being held without bond.
On Thursday, law enforcement officials confirmed that the missing mother and her two children are dead, but their bodies had not been found, a news release said.
Police combed through a local landfill and dumpsters for the family’s bodies. Suarez’ abandoned car was found in a grocery store parking lot in nearby Lake Mary, Fla., WFTV-TV reported.
Meanwhile, Suarez’ family is coping with the loss of their daughter and grandchildren.
“My hope is with the guy up there,” Suarez’s father, Emilio Suarez said. “I’ve been praying a lot. I hope my daughter will show up with my grandkids.”
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