The Brusly High School teacher reported missing more than two weeks ago was planning on leaving her husband, a friend and coworker said.
The only thing preventing Sylviane Lozada, 51, from moving forward with a divorce was her fear that her husband, Oscar Lozada, 36, would flee the country with the couple’s 5-year-old daughter, Angelina, Karen Wooley said.
“Everything she did was for her daughter,” Wooley said about her friend of 14 years. “Sylviane was worried that she would not be able to be with her.”
Sylviane Lozada — a Belgium native reported missing in East Baton Rouge Parish on July 18 — wanted a divorce because she and her husband had grown apart, Wooley said. The couple had differing views on how to raise their daughter, Wooley said, describing Sylviane Lozada as strict and Oscar Lozada as more lenient.
Records with the East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff’s Office show the relationship between Sylviane and Oscar Lozada had been strained in the past. But, Wooley said Sylviane Lozada never feared her husband.
“If she thought her life was in danger, she would have been out of there,” Wooley said.
But both Sylviane and Oscar Lozada wanted custody of their daughter, Wooley said, and Oscar Lozada was the type of man who would do “what it takes to get his way.”
“He was a smooth talker,” Wooley said. “Whatever he wanted, he was going to get.”
Authorities said Monday that foul play is a possibility in Sylviane Lozada’s missing person case.
Physical evidence obtained from Lozada’s home at 2234 Springlake Drive supports possible foul play in the case, East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Casey Rayborn Hicks said.
In addition, detectives discovered that Oscar Lozada on or about July 6 purchased multiple gray five-gallon buckets with lids and multiple yellow and black bags of Quickcrete concrete mix, Hicks said.
The buckets and bags of concrete mix have not been found, she said.
Hicks said Oscar Lozada has not been named a suspect in his wife’s disappearance. However, authorities would like to talk to him and are trying to contact him.
Authorities started looking for Sylviane Lozada more than two weeks ago when she was reported missing after her relatives in Belgium could not get in touch with her.
Sylviane Lozada’s last contact with her family was around July 5, Hicks said.
Oscar Lozada and the couple’s daughter boarded a plane in Dallas destined for Venezuela on July 9, Hicks said. They were scheduled to return July 14, but they have not returned.
Detectives have reason to believe Sylviane Lozada might have been inside her husband’s bright-yellow, 2001 Nissan Xterra on July 5 or July 6, Hicks said.
Hicks said Sylviane Lozada would not have been driving the vehicle, but Hicks was unsure where she might have been inside the vehicle.
Detectives on foot, on all terrain vehicles and in a National Guard helicopter searched the area near the Lozada’s home on Thursday. The effort was the third of its kind since Sylviane Lozada was reported missing last month.
State Police and the FBI are helping the Sheriff’s Office with its search, Hicks said, adding that authorities are looking at areas to which Sylviane Lozada can be connected.
Wooley said she does not have much hope that her friend will be found alive. Regardless, she said, it’s important to keep Sylviane Lozada’s story in the media.
“We need answers,” Wooley said. “We need to keep pushing for answers.”
Anyone with information about Sylviane Lozada’s whereabouts or anyone who remembers seeing her husband’s bright-yellow Nissan on July 5 or July 6 is asked to contact the Sheriff’s Office at (225) 389-5000 or Crime Stoppers anonymously at (225) 344-7867.