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New develoments in Brusly teacher's disappearance

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Posted: Jul 26, 2011 6:50 PM by Michael Shingleton
Updated: Jul 26, 2011 6:59 PM
Source: WBRZ


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Topics: brusly, sylviane, finch, lozada, teacher, disappearance, belgium

BATON ROUGE - As the search continues for 51-year-old Sylviane Finch Lozada, co-workers at Brusly High School have set up a fund in her name. The "Sylviane Finck Lozada Fund" will help pay for the travel arrangements for Lozada's family in Belgium when they decide to make the trip.

Tuesday morning, the investigation continued. The maroon Toyota Carolla friends say Lozada drove everyday was taken into custody by the East Baton Rouge Sheriff's Office leaving a burnt out area of grass where the car sat. New investigation tape covers the front door sealing anyone from entering.

News 2 spoke to the principal of The Baton Rouge International School where Lozada planned to enroll her five-year-old daughter. Principal Nathalie Guyon said she last met with Lozada and her daughter in June, and described their meetings as positive. The principal has not had contact with either parent and was unsure if the five-year-old would be in school this fall.

The Baton Rouge International School specializes in teaching students able to speak multiple languages by continuing to teach multiple levels of linguistics well into the eleventh grade.

In a statement to News 2, EBR Sheriff Sid Gautreaux said, "At this point we are very concerned about the welfare of the missing woman. We want to make sure that we carry out due diligence in processing all evidence and look for clues that can lead us to her. We are asking the public to please contact us if you have any information as to her whereabouts."

This is the first official update the sheriff's office has been able to provide since Sunday.

Investigators say Lozada's husband Oscar left the states from Dallas on July 9, two days before she was reported missing. News 2 spoke to Lozada's supervisor at the insulation refractory where he works as a construction plant supervisor. Lozada sent a text message to his boss days before he left saying he had to leave for Venezuela for a medical procedure and will be gone for two to three weeks.

If you'd like to help get Lozada's Belgium family to Baton Rouge, money can be donated at any American Gateway Bank or by calling the back at (225) 387-0011.

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BATON ROUGE - The search continues for a missing Brusly High School teacher. Sylviane Finch Lozada last spoke to family member in Belgium on July 11, 2011.

Monday morning, police tape sealed the door of her home in Baton Rouge. In a statement, East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff's Office Public Information Officer Casey Hicks told News 2 the tape is on the door, "because the house is vacant and we sealed it to process [the house} to see if we can find any evidence that will lead us to the missing woman."

The East Baton Rouge Sheriff's Office says they've responded to two domestic calls involving the couple.

On December 3, 2010 Deputies responded to a call from Lozada. The report says she wanted her husband, Oscar Sosa, to leave because they were arguing. Deputies spoke to both of them and neither wanted to leave the house, but they would separate for the night.

Later that month, on December 31, 2010 deputies responded to the hospital where Lozada was being treated for a bruise. The report says she and her husband were arguing and he pushed her down hitting her back on the corner of the counter. Lozada chose not to press charges.

Monday morning at their Spring Lake Drive home, News 2 discovered the house was completely empty, and all of the lights ,inside and out, were on.

Investigators say Sosa left the country with their five-year-old daughter for Venezuela July 9, two days before Lozada's family reported her missing. One of Lozada's co-workers also noticed her missing and contacted the sheriff's office, and that's when the investigation began.

On Monday, an SUV believed to be connected to Lozada's disappearance was brought to the State Police Crime Lab so sheriff's detectives could investigate. Authorities wouldn't elaborate on how the vehicle is involved. Neighbors say the car was regularly used by Sosa.

At this time, the sheriff's office says they have no evidence pointing to foul play in Lozada's disappearance.

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