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Missing Yessenia Ivette Suarez
Yessenia, circa 2013; Luis Toledo
Missing Since 10/22/2013
Classification Endangered Missing
Date of Birth Used 08/17/1985 (35)
Age 28 years old
Height and Weight 5'3, 130 pounds
Distinguishing Characteristics Hispanic female. Black hair, brown eyes. Yessenia's nicknames are Jessie and Yessie. She has a mole on her chin.
The couple's marriage was troubled. Yessenia was having an affair with a coworker at her job, American K-9 Detection Services in Lake Mary, and her father said she and Toledo were "always fighting." On the afternoon of October 22, Toledo showed up at his wife's workplace, argued with her about the affair, slapped her, then fled the scene before police arrived. He later called his mother-in-law, crying, begging her to convince Yessenia not to press charges against him.
After work, Yessenia joined Michael and Thalia at her mother's house. Toledo called the house again and warned that "something would happen" if she tried to get an injunction against him. Yessenia left the house to get the injunction, then changed her mind and returned without it, telling her mother "it would make things worse."
Yessenia sent texts to her boyfriend throughout the day on October 22. Late that night he called her to find out what the matter was. He stated Yessenia sounded stressed during the conversation and her voice was slurred, although he didn't know whether she was drunk. They spoke for about five minutes.
This is the last time anyone heard from Yessenia. She usually called her mother each morning between 8:30 and 9:00 a.m. When she didn't do so the next morning, her mother became worried. By 10:00 a.m. she had called the police and asked them to check on the family's welfare.
When authorities arrived at Yessenia and Toledo's house, they found it empty. Yessenia owned two vehicles; one was left in the driveway of her home, and other was found in the parking lot of a Publix store in Lake Mary, Florida the same day the family was reported missing.
On October 24, police announced that Yessenia and her children were dead and named Toledo as the prime suspect. A photo of Toledo is posted with this case summary. He was previously the state's third highest-ranking member of the Latin Kings gang.
Following the disappearance of the family, Toledo was arrested on domestic battery charges relating to the incident at Yessenia's workplace. A few days after his arrest, he attempted suicide in jail. Two days later, on October 28, he was charged with second-degree murder in Yessenia's presumed death. In January, he was additionally charged with two counts of first-degree murder in the deaths of Thalia and Michael.
Toledo has reportedly confessed to killing Yessenia, stating he punched her in the throat in their bedroom. He denied having killed the children and blamed a neighbor, Tyshawn Jackson, for their deaths. Toledo said he cleaned up the crime scene but Jackson disposed of the bodies and he, Toledo, didn't know where they were. Police don't believe Jackson was in the house when the murders occurred or that he had any criminal role in the deaths.
Jackson had himself contacted the police about Toledo's behavior, saying Toledo had asked him to help move Yessenia's car to Lake Mary shortly after 6:00 a.m. on October 23. Jackson stated he saw Toledo wiping down the car with cleaning solution and putting the trunk mat and a plastic bag containing rugs, some clothing and cleaning products in the dumpster.
Toledo supposedly told him, "I snapped." Jackson didn't question him about this because he was afraid, but he later went to the police, told them what had happened and took them to the dumpster.
In one of letters from jail, Toledo wrote to a friend, "I sent three boxes to Laredo Texas. One large and two small. The large was already sent to Veracruz, Mexico and the two (others) are doing well. Now you know why I don't care what they do with me because my things are well." In the same letter to his friend he wrote that he wished he could tell him what had happened the night Yessenia and the children disappeared, but he couldn't because it could be used against him. He mentioned Yessenia's infidelity and said he was hurt by it, and added, "I Want You To Know That I Never Hurt Or Touched My Kids In Any Way & Never Could! I Love Those Kids More Than Anything & Still Love Them Till This Day."
At his trial in October 2017, after eight hours of deliberation, a jury convicted Toledo of second-degree murder in Yessenia's case and first-degree murder in Thalia and Michael's deaths. He was sentenced to life in prison.
Investigators don't believe anyone else was involved in the murders and noted that the Latin Kings do not sanction the killing of children, although they do condone the murder of unfaithful wives and girlfriends. Extensive searches in many places in the Deltona area have turned up no sign of Yessenia, Michael or Thalia, but foul play is suspected in their disappearances due to the circumstances involved.
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