Felicita Nieves is already enduring the pain of having her daughter and two grandchildren murdered along with the added anguish that their bodies have never been found.
Now, Nieves is facing another frightening situation: Her son, Jonathan Suarez Nieves, 34, of DeBary, is missing.
“I’m falling apart, but I need to keep moving and do what I need to do to find my son,” Felicita Nieves said in a phone interview on Tuesday.
Felicita Nieves is the mother of Yessenia Suarez, who along with her two children, Thalia Otto, 9, and Michael Elijah Otto, 8, were murdered in Deltona on Oct. 23, 2013.
Suarez’s husband, Luis Toledo, was convicted of their murders and he was sentenced in 2018 to three consecutive life terms. He has never revealed what he did with the bodies.
Jonathan Suarez’s wife, Jazmin Reyez, reported him missing about 3:07 a.m. on Monday, according to a report from the Seminole County Sheriff’s Office, She said that Jonathan told her about 7:30 p.m. on Sunday that he was going to take “a drive and clear his mind,” according to the report.
About 8 p.m. Jonathan was involved in a crash with an RV parked in the westbound rest area on Interstate 4 in Longwood, the report stated.
Reyes then stated that the Apopka Police Department told her that Jonathan’s truck, a 2015 white Ford, was involved in another crash about 45 minutes later.
Reyes said she was told that Jonathan abandoned his pickup at the site of the crash and walked away, the report stated. The truck was towed.
Jonathan was last seen wearing a green jacket, jeans and gray sneakers, the report stated.
Reyes said that Jonathan does not have any mental illnesses or medical issues, the report stated.
On Sunday, Jonathan Nieves and Reyes were spending the weekend at the Hyatt Place at 3161 S. Atlantic Ave. in Daytona Beach Shores when Jonathan Nieves reportedly knocked on the door of a room about 11:30 a.m. and identified himself as a police officer, according to a report.
The person in the room did not let him in and closed the door, the report stated. Police responded and questioned Jonathan Nieves who said he knocked on the door and identified himself as a police officer because "he knew his sister, who has been missing since 2013, was in the room" and he wanted to get her, according to the report. Jonathan Nieves and his wife were asked to leave the hotel and they did without incident, according to the report.
"I think Jonathan has PTSD," Felicita Nieves said in the phone interview. "That's what my boy is going through."
Felicita Nieves said in the phone interview that her son suffers from anxiety and depression.
"I just want to know whether my son is alive," Nieves said on Wednesday morning.
She said her son is not a threat.
“My son is not a danger,” she said. “He likes to help people.”
Felicita Nieves for years has passed out flyers asking for information about her missing daughter and grandchildren. On Wednesday, she was headed to Apopka to pass out flyers for information about her missing son. She was also going to see if she could find any videos showing him in the area of the crash site.
“It’s very tough,” she said. “It’s not easy. I need to keep moving.”
She said that because he has been classified as a voluntary missing adult she is not getting help in finding him.
Seminole County Sheriff's Office spokesman Bob Kealing wrote in an email on Wednesday that the office will follow up on any additional leads and that anyone with information should call 407-665-6650.
Felicita Nieves said she could be contacted via Facebook where she has posted about her missing son.
This article originally appeared on The Daytona Beach News-Journal: Woman whose family was killed in 2013 now reports her son is missing