- Associated Press - Friday, January 17, 2014

DELAND, Fla. (AP) - A grand jury has indicted a central Florida man in the deaths of his wife and her young children even though their bodies have not been found.

State Attorney R.J. Larizza announced Thursday that Luis Toledo will face first-degree murder charges in the deaths of Michael Otto, 8, and his sister Thalia, 9. He is also charged with second-degree murder in the death of their mother, 28-year-old Yessina Suarez.

The Daytona Beach News-Journal (https://bit.ly/1dAzEw0 ) reports grand jurors also indicted Toledo on tampering charges.

“We have some forensic evidence that the children are dead,” Larizza said.

Suarez was reported missing on Oct. 23. Toledo was arrested shortly afterward and confessed that during an argument over their troubled marriage he struck her in the throat and killed her. He has denied killing the children.



Volusia County Sheriff’s officials say Toledo, 38, is being held without bail.

Suarez’s stepfather Ruben Perez said the indictment brings some closure and mixed emotions for the family.

“This was something I was hoping it would come down to,” Perez said Thursday. “He deserves everything that is coming to him and I wouldn’t expect anything less. What can an 8-year-old or 9-year-old do to someone to (make them) kill them?” he said.

Toledo first told authorities that he argued with his wife on Oct. 22 and left the home. He returned an hour later and slept in the car. He told deputies that when he woke up the next day, his wife and her children were gone.

Then he changed his story. He said Suarez got aggressive and he hit her, killing her.

Larizza said his office and the sheriff’s office is continuing to investigate the case.

“We continue to be hopeful that we will find the bodies,” he said.

That’s also the hope of the family.

“I would like to find them and put them in a proper place so I can take flowers and put it on their graves,” said Suarez’s mother, Felicitia Perez. “I miss them a lot.”

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Information from: Daytona Beach (Fla.) News-Journal, https://www.news-journalonline.com

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