DELTONA, Fla. (WFTV) -- The Volusia County Sheriff's Office said it charged a man with second-degree murder in the death of his wife.
Deputies announced the murder charges against Luis Toledo, a suspect in the case of missing 28-year-old Yessenia Suarez and her two children, 8-year-old Michael Otto and 9-year-old Thalia Otto. The three disappeared Wednesday, Oct. 23. Toledo admitted that while arguing with Suarez on Oct. 22, he hit her in the throat with his open hand and she died from the blow.
Deputies said they found blood in the house.
Toledo still hasn't said where her body is.
Toledo has denied killing the children and has implicated someone else in their deaths.
No charges have been filed yet related to Suarez's two children.
While deputies were at the house, Toledo drove up in a silver Saturn, according to a release.
He claimed he slept in his car after he got into a fight with Yessenia Tuesday night. When he woke up, he said his wife and her children were gone.
A neighbor said Toledo asked him for help dropping off his wife's black Honda at 6 a.m. Wednesday. He agreed and followed behind Toledo in his wife's black Honda. They then drove back together in the Saturn, according to a release.
Sheriff's investigators met with Suarez's family Monday evening to tell them about the arrest.
Toledo is being held without bond at the Volusia County Branch Jail in Daytona Beach.
While the search for the bodies of the Volusia County mother and her two children was put on hold, family members said they began their own.
Investigators said they were going to look over their notes while they decide Monday how best to continue the search, according to the Volusia County Sheriff's Office.
On Thursday, investigators announced the mother and children are dead, but their bodies have yet to be located.
Family members said they're frustrated with the lack of answers in the disappearance of their loved ones is what motivated them.
"We'll go out there and start our search because we're pretty much frustrated with the Sheriff's Office," Ruben Perez, the victim's stepfather said. "We haven't heard anything in 36 hours."
"I do have a feeling (Yessenia) is gone. I do have that feeling. But I hope my grandkids, I feel like my grandkids are alive," said Suarez's mother Felicia Perez on Monday.
Luis Toledo, 31, is Suarez's husband and sole person of interest in the case. He has been in custody in Volusia County on a domestic battery charge since Wednesday.
Yessenia's mother and stepfather spoke publicly for the second time, asking the public not to forget about her, Michael Otto and Thalia Otto.
"I'm getting devastated already. This morning I woke up like, 'I can't. I can't anymore. I need to find my daughter, my grandkids," mother Felicia Perez said.
Investigators said Toledo tried to kill himself over the weekend but is still cooperating.
According to authorities, Toledo was being questioned Saturday morning when he asked to use the bathroom.
Officials said Toledo was guarded by a deputy but forced the doorway closed, smashed his head on the mirror and tried to use pieces of the mirror to cut himself.