Seminole County man charged in mother's death
Joshua Ortiz faces 2nd-degree homicide charge
OVIEDO, Fla. – A 20-year-old man originally arrested in Maryland on grand theft auto charges has now also been charged in the death of his mother, according to the Seminole County Sheriff's Office.
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Investigators with the Seminole County Sheriff's Office traveled to Maryland and met with Joshua Ortiz on Wednesday night. The grand theft charge has since been dropped, Maryland court officials said Thursday.
Joshua Ortiz faces second-degree homicide charges in the death of his mother, 45-year-old Jacqueline Suzanne Ortiz. Investigators have not said what led to her death or how she was killed.
Deputies received a call Sunday afternoon about an unresponsive woman inside a home on Woodley Park Place in Oviedo. When they arrived, deputies said they found Jacqueline Suzanne Ortiz dead at the scene.
Jacqueline Ortiz lived at the home with Joshua and her two other sons, who found her dead, according to officials.
Deputies said Joshua Ortiz had made suicidal statements prior to his arrest Tuesday evening by Maryland State Police. It's not known when he will be extradited to Central Florida.
Ortiz was booked into the Howard County Central Booking Facility, deputies said.
Florida Highway Patrol troopers on Thursday released video of Joshua Ortiz, showing him being pulled over in Brevard County in August for erratic driving. He was arrested the next day on suspicion of stealing his mother's vehicle.
One of Jacqueline Ortiz's other sons has been posting updates on his Facebook page, recently saying, "As most of you know, they have found Joshua. Thank you for all of your assistance -- everybody who was looking out for him, and everybody that spread the word to try and find him. Again, I want to thank you all for your love and support in this in time of need."
Ortiz will be facing a judge again on Friday for a fugitive charge.
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