Texas Equusearch arrives to search for missing Deltona family

Deputies say Yessenia Suarez, 2 children missing, presumed dead

Published On: Nov 08 2013 10:33:04 PM EST   Updated On: Nov 09 2013 12:04:44 AM EST
Yessenia Suarez, Michael Otto, Thalia Otto
DELTONA, Fla. -

A new search for a missing Deltona mother and her children will be launched by the famed mounted search and rescue team, Texas Equusearch, which also led the high-profile search for Caylee Anthony.

Volusia County deputies said Yessenia Suarez and her two children are missing and presumed dead. Deputies charged Luiz Toledo in his own wife's death, but he has kept silent about her whereabouts from behind bars.

"Tell me where Yessenia and the kids are," pleaded Felicia Perez, the woman's mother. "This is awful. The days seem like eternity."

Volunteers will meet at the Seventh Day Adventist Church in Deltona at 7 a.m. Saturday, after Texas Equusearch founder, Tim Miller, went over search plans with deputies the night before.

Families at the church the night before prayed for a renewed push to find the missing mother and kids.

"We can't function like a normal family would because we're missing three people that belong in our family," said Ruben Perez, the victim's father.

Moments after arriving in central Florida, Miller told Local 6, "We're going to go over what we've got mapped, a new strategy possibly, what resources we have that can be an asset to the search effort."

The family called him one day after Suarez vanished, but the volunteer search team waited until deputies did all they could. However, volunteers have not stopped since the disappearance, and now, every pizza delivered from Italiano's NY Pizza in Deltona will come will a message to anyone for any tips.

About a dozen Texas Equusearch volunteers have flown in, but they could bring in more searchers and resources as the search expands. It's unclear how long they will be here on this case, said Miller.