|A Collier County crime scene investigator removed bags of evidence yesterday from a home where authorities say Guerline Damas and her five children were found dead. (Lexey Swall/ Naples Daily News via Associated Press)|
Mother, 5 children found dead in Fla.
NAPLES, Fla. - Five young children and their mother were found dead in a Florida apartment, and authorities were searching yesterday for the woman’s husband, who had left the country.
Mesac Damas, 33, boarded a flight to Haiti from Miami International Airport on Friday, said Collier County Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Michelle Batten. Damas has family from Haiti, she said. She would not release the cause of death. Sheriff’s officials said they want to talk to Damas, who is a person of interest.
The victims were identified as Geurline Damas, 32, and her children Michzach, 9, Marven, 6, Maven, 5, Megan, 3, and 11-month-old Morgan.
Family members contacted authorities Thursday saying they hadn’t heard from the mother. A missing person report was filed the next day, and on Saturday, the sheriff’s office entered the home in a gated community in Naples and found the bodies, Batten said.
Sheriff Rambosk called the homicides “the worst of the worst.’’
Damas left Miller’s Ale House in Naples, where he worked as a cook, Thursday night. He arrived at the Miami airport Friday morning and boarded a flight to Haiti, the sheriff’s office said. His car was found at the airport and had been secured by investigators who are checking it for evidence.
The man’s father, Jean Damas Sr., told the Naples Daily News that his son had called his brother from Haiti. Damas Sr. also said his son and his wife have had domestic problems. A phone message left yesterday for Damas Sr. was not immediately returned.
Collier County court records show Mesac Damas has prior charges for domestic violence against his wife. A 2005 charge was dismissed after a hearing.