Neighbors speak out about teacher's disappearance
BATON ROUGE - As detectives continue investigating the mysterious disappearance of 51-year-old Sylviane Finck Lozada of Brusly, the optimism of some close friends is waning.
Irma and John Tullier have lived in West Baton Rouge Parish all their lives. John served in World War II fighting in the Battle of the Bulge. For years he exchanged letters with people he met in Belgium and France but hasn't been able to read them because they are in French.
The family met Lozada nearly ten years ago while looking for someone to translate the letters.
"She came over to translate the letters so we could write to Belgium. Then when [John] got the letters from Belgium, she would translate them back to English so we could read them," Tullier said.
For years Lozada met with the Tullier's weekly. Irma says Sylviane always called them "Mom and Dad", and she describes Sylviane as their adopted daughter.
But the Tullier's haven't heard from Lozada since they last met in May. Irma says Sylviane makes a yearly trip to Belgium in June, and she and her daughter planned on making the trip.
"She said when I come back from Belgium, we're going to get together and we're going to visit. She said she wanted to go and see my grand daughter that adopted a little girl," Irma paused, "but I haven't heard anything from her since."
According to an employer Lozada's husband, Oscar, left July 9 for a "medical procedure" in Venezuela. Their five-year-old daughter Angelina was with him.
The sheriff's office says detectives have made contact with Lozada, but couldn't elaborate on what was said or if he is or isn't cooperating.
Investigators maintain "releasing all of the details of the investigation could be counter-productive," EBRSO spokesperson Casey Hicks said.