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Friends, co-workers worried by teacher's disappearance

POSTED: Tuesday, July 26, 2011 - 3:26pm

UPDATED: Tuesday, July 26, 2011 - 3:33pm

THIS IS AN NBC33 NEWS UPDATE: Friends and family of Sylviane Finck Lozada have opened an account with American Gateway Bank to help aid in the search.  All donations will be used to help the family with travel arrangements and expenses, so they can continue the search.

Donations can by made to the Sylviane Finck Lozada Fund at any American Gateway Bank or by calling the bank at (225) 387-0011.

THIS IS AN NBC33 NEWS UPDATE: Sylviane Finck Lozada's home was found completely empty by investigators Monday, July 25. That's just one day after they found her husband's yellow Xterra at a family friend's house in Prairieville.

Sylviane has been missing since July 11th. Her husband, Oscar, and their daughter boarded a plane in Texas and flew to Venezuela two days before that.

According to East Baton Rouge Sheriff's deputies, there is a history of violence between the couple. On December 3, 2010, deputies responded to a call at their house. The report shows that the two were arguing and Sylviane wanted Oscar to leave the house.

On December 31, 2010 deputies were called to Our Lady of the Lake hospital after Sylviane claimed she and her husband had been fighting. According to reports, Oscar had pushed her into a counter and she bruised her back. Deputies say she did not want to press charges.
 

ORIGINAL STORY: It's been two weeks since family and friends have heard from Sylviane Finck Lozada. The Brusly High School teacher was reported missing since July 11th to the East Baton Rouge Sheriff's Office by one of her co-workers. That was the last day her family, who lives in Belgium, had heard from her.

Detectives say her husband and daughter boarded a plane in Texas, headed to Venezuela, two days before her disappearance, and just Sunday, deputies found her yellow Xterra at a friend's house in Prairieville. They had been looking for the car since she was reported missing.

Now, many who knew her, are shocked by the sudden disappearance, including Superintendent David Corona, the superintendent of the West Baton Rouge Parish School System. He had only nice things to say about the foreign language teacher today.

"The only thing that's better than Sylviane as a teacher is Sylviane as a human being. She's just a wonderful lady," he says.

Corona says the Belgian native has taught french and spanish at Brusly High School for 12 years. She lives in Baton Rouge with her husband and daughter on a work visa. Corona says he is saddened by the situation.

"I am shocked," he says. "Frankly, it makes me concerned for my grandchildren to grow up in the world as it is today. We're all just hoping for a happy ending to this."

Friends, family, and former students are searching for answers anywhere that they can. In fact, a Facebook page has been created to help aid in the search for Sylviane. It's called "Help Locate Sylviane Finck, Oscar, and Angelina Lozada." On it, people post the latest news on her disappearance, share their condolences, and offer up words of prayer and hope. In just a few days, it has grown to more then 770 fans, with no signs of slowing down.

"We have smaller communities where people know each other and are involved with each other and the support that she is getting is not surprising, given the type of person that she is," says Corona.

Everyone is working together to make sure Sylviane is home, safe, where she belongs. "Hopefully, when we crank up school Friday August 12th, Sylviane will be in her classroom," he says.

Get updates on the search for Sylviane on her Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/pages/Kelsey-Scram-NBC-33/207175132647790#!/pages/Help-Locate-Sylviane-Finck-Oscar-and-Angelina-Lozada/170088216393190

If you have any information about Sylviane's disappearance, contact the sheriff's office at (225) 289-5000.

*Photos courtesy of the "Help Locate Sylviane Finck, Oscar, and Angelina Lozada" Facebook Page**

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