The pastor of a woman believed to be dead but whose body has not yet been found is hoping to get an opportunity to talk to the primary suspect in her death.
Pastor Heber Lopez of the Deltona Spanish Seventh-Day Adventist Church wants to talk to Luis Toledo to find out what details he might be able to share surrounding the murder of Yessenia Suarez. Toledo, 31, has been charged with Suarez's death and suspected in the disappearance of her two children, 8-yaer-old Michael and 9-year-old Thalia Otto.
Pastor Lopez tried to meet with Toledo at the Volusia County Jail on Monday. He was denied a meeting, due to security reasons, but was told the two would be able to meet sometime this week.
Investigators have said that Toledo admitted to accidentally killing the 28-year-old Suarez during an argument two weeks ago. He has denied hurting the children and has implicated another person in their deaths, but he is sharing very little information with detectives, authorities say.
Meanwhile, volunteers with the group Texas Equusearch checked wooded areas along U.S. Highway 17/92 in DeBary on Monday afternoon, just a few miles Suarez's Deltona home. It the third day that the group has assisted law enforcement with search efforts.
"We're trying to get to areas that might be more practical and clear them as quickly as possible," said volunteer searcher Danny Joe Word.
Searchers have a handful of horses, and they're talking about even bringing in drones if they don't find Suarez and her two children in the next few days. While they haven't found anything they think is related to this case yet, they have found a lot in the woods.
"We've uncovered illegal hunting camps, tree stands in unprotected lands -- some of them are booby-trapped," said volunteer searcher Bonnie Williamson. "And we've uncovered kids, underage drinking that we rode up upon."
The Sheriff's Office says they will move the search headquarters with Equusearch to the Deltona substation. In addition, deputes will do individual searches based on investigative leads they have received.