LAKE WORTH, Fla. -- The family of a missing woman spoke at a news conference Thursday, begging for Yessenia Suarez's safe return. Suarez's husband, Luis Toledo, was named a person of interest in the case.
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.
The woman's mother called the Sheriff's Office Wednesday morning and asked for deputies to conduct a well-being check on 28-year-old Suarez at her Covent Gardens Place home in Deltona.
"Please, if anyone see my grandchildren, please and my daughter, turn them to me please. If anyone see my grandparents and my daughter please," said Suarez's mother.
When Volusia sheriff's deputies responded to the Deltona address on Wednesday, Suarez and her children, 8-year-old Michael Otto and 9-year-old Thalia Otto, were not there.
Her family is trying to hold it together as they wait for word about where Suarez and her two children may be.
"We don't know what to think. We're waiting to see if she calls or appears. We don't want to think the worst," said family member Jose Velazquez. "They are worried. Her mom is crying a lot."
Authorities are calling the disappearance suspicious because they said Suarez had been the victim of domestic violence in Lake Mary on Tuesday.
Her family said the three went missing just hours after Toledo, 31, showed up at Suarez's job in Lake Mary and beat her up.
Toledo fled before Lake Mary police officers had arrived on the scene.
Authorities said Toledo arrived at the house a short time later and 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.
"They've been arguing for the past two weeks," Brandon Haught with the Volusia County Sheriff's Office said. "After a domestic violence situation, and then to be out of contact with your own family for quite a while, does raise those suspicions."
Anyone with information about Suarez and her children is asked to call the Sheriff's Office at 386-736-5999.