CELEBRATION, Fla. (WTNH) — Officials in Osceola County, Florida, are investigating whether a death investigation at a Celebration home is connected to a missing Colchester family.
On Tuesday, police in Celebration confirmed that they do have a suspect in custody in reference to the death investigation and that four bodies were found at the home in Celebration.
Police are not releasing the identities of the deceased until autopsies are conducted by the medical examiner’s office.
They are also not releasing the identity of the person in custody because that person has not yet been charged with a crime.
According to a Facebook post from the family, Tony Todt and his wife Megan have been missing for nearly a week. Todt’s sister Kellie Ball created a Facebook group on Sunday looking for the couple and their children.
The Todt family recently moved to the property in the North Village area of Celebration – the location of the investigation conducted by the sheriff’s office. Records show the family was being evicted from the home.
Sheriff Russell Gibson said deputies responded to the home around 9 a.m. Monday.
Gibson said everyone related to the investigation is accounted for, and that the investigation is related to an isolated incident.
Officials said the deaths are considered “suspicious” and that at least one person died in the home.
Tuesday, WFTV spoke to Todt neighbor, Michelle Augustin, who says it’s been ‘fun’ to live next door to the Todt family for nearly a year in Florida.
“The children would always have their toys in my backyard and come and get them when they dropped them. Always polite children.”– Michelle Augustin, Todt neighbor in Florida
Augustin told WFTV she hasn’t seen Tony or Megan Todt or any of their kids since the end of November.
“I don’t know what happened. I want answers but I don’t know if we’ll ever get the answers.”– Michelle Augustin, Todt neighbor in Florida
When Tony was put in handcuffs by deputies Monday, Augustin says she was shocked, “The father was always friendly and waving.”
The Osceola County Sheriff’s office would not tell WFTV if Tony is under arrest or if he is being questioned in relations to the deaths of the fou people inside the Celebration home.
Marcelo Rodrigues, another Todt neighbor, told WFTV Tuesday, “It was a big surprise to us right now because we can’t imagine that. Because pretty much, it was a happy family. Everybody was so happy.”
Court records show the Todts were evicted from their home in Celebration for not paying rent. Augustin says the landlord came by five days ago looking for the family.
“I had trouble sleeping last night because it’s right next door. It’s just horrible. You don’t see this in real life. You think it’s just in the movies.”– Micheele Augustin, Todt neighbor in Florida
This is a developing story. WTNH will provide more information when it becomes available.