Records show the relationship between a missing Brusly High School teacher and her husband had been strained in the past.
Seven months ago, the East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff’s Office was contacted twice about arguments between Sylviane Finck Lozada, 51, and Oscar Lozada, 36, said Casey Rayborn Hicks, a spokeswoman for the Sheriff’s Office. On Dec. 3, Sylviane Lozada contacted authorities because her husband was throwing things during an argument and she wanted him to leave, Hicks said.
When deputies arrived at the couple’s home at 2234 Springlake Drive, neither Sylviane Lozada nor Oscar Lozada wanted to leave the residence, but agreed to “separate for the night,” Hicks said.
On Dec. 31, Hicks said, deputies were called to Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center after Sylviane Lozada told medical personnel her husband pushed her down during an argument.
When she fell, she hit a counter that left a bruise, Hicks said.
Sylviane Lozada did not want to file charges against her husband, Hicks said, and signed a drop charges form.
Sylviane Lozada, originally from Belgium, was last heard from July 11, when she talked to family members in Belgium, Hicks said.
Sylviane Lozada typically spoke with her family on a daily basis, Hicks said.
However, Hicks said, there is no evidence of foul play at this point.
Oscar Lozada and the couple’s daughter have been in Venezuela since July 9, Hicks said.
The husband told detectives he is in Venezuela for medical reasons, Hicks said.
Deputies found a vehicle belonging to Oscar Lozada on Sunday morning at the home of a family friend in Prairieville, Hicks said.
Detectives said Saturday they were searching for the car, a yellow Xterra, because they believed Sylviane Lozada might have left her Baton Rouge home in the vehicle, Hicks said
Detectives discovered it was left at the house in Prairieville by the family, indicating Lozada did not drive away in it, Hicks said.
The car is being processed for any evidence that could help detectives locate Sylvianne Lozada, Hicks said.
A guidance counselor at Brusly High, Richard Taylor, said he worked with Sylviane Lozada, who taught French and Spanish at the school.
“She is a tremendous teacher,” said Taylor, who used to teach French at the school. “She is an outsider who gives our school a sense of dignity and accomplishment.”
Taylor also said Sylviane Lozada is dedicated to her family, and for her not to be in contact with them is out of character.
Martha Guarisco, a neighbor of Sylviance Lozada’s, agreed.
“She is all about that little girl of hers,” Guarisco said.
The head volleyball coach at Brusly High, Karen Wooley, said Sylviane Lozada’s family called her earlier this month and said they hadn’t been able to reach her.
“I went by the house to check on her on (July 18),” Wooley said. “Her car was on the side of the house, but she wasn’t there, so I called the police.”
“I feel very uneasy about this,” Wooley said. “It’s very unusual for her not to call.”
West Baton Rouge Parish School Superintendent David Corona said Sylviane Lozada is a nationally board certified teacher and has been with Brusly High for the past 15 years.
“She’s one of the nicest people you’ll ever meet,” he said. “She’s an integral part of the community and an integral part of the school. We’re all just hoping and praying for a happy ending to this.”
Lozada is about 5 feet 4 inches and weighs 120 pounds. She has brown hair and green eyes.
Anyone with information on Lozada’s whereabouts is asked to call the Sheriff’s Office at (225) 389-5000.
Koran Addo, of the Westside Bureau, contributed to this report.