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Volusia mom & 2 children missing, considered endangered

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VOLUSIA COUNTY, FL (WFLA) - Deputies are searching for a mother and her two young children, who are missing under suspicious circumstances and are considered endangered.

The mother, Yessenia Suarez, 28, her 8-year-old son, Michael Otto, and 9-year-old daughter, Thalia Otto, were not at their home on Covent Gardens Place in Deltona when deputies arrived for a well-being check.

Deputies say a family member of Suarez called and asked for the check Wednesday morning.

Authorities obtained a search warrant Wednesday night and were taking photographs and video inside the home in hopes of uncovering evidence that could explain their disappearance.

The family member said Suarez' husband, Luis Toledo, had shown up at her place of work in Lake Mary on Tuesday and hit her, and that Suarez was afraid of Toledo.

Officials say they're concerned because it was her family that sought the well-being check, but they didn't rule out Suarez being in hiding with her children.

Shortly after deputies arrived at the home Wednesday, they said Toledo showed up.

"A few minutes after being on scene, Mr. Toledo came on scene and started talking to deputies and causing a bit of a disturbance," said Volusia County Sheriff's  Office spokesman Brandon Haught. "We found out he had charges pending on him from Lake Mary, and we asked Lake Mary if they would like to come arrest him, and they did so."

Toledo was arrested on a domestic violence charge and taken to the Volusia County Jail, where investigators said they were questioning him about his wife's whereabouts.

WESH.com contributed to this report.

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