Florida authorities have released the identities of four people found dead inside a Celebration home on Monday.
According to Osceola County Sheriff Russ Gibson, the victims have been identified as Megan Todt and her three children, Alek, Tyler, and Zoe. The children’s father and Megan’s husband, Anthony “Tony” Todt, is in custody, in connection with their deaths. Tony Todt is also accused of killing the family dog, Breezy.
The victims’ deaths occurred toward the end of December, Gibson said. No neighbors noticed any unusual smells coming from the home. Traveling, according to Gibson, was common for the family. Neighbors spotted them last in December but figured they were leaving out for the holidays.
Gibson said authorities started investigating after a relative in Connecticut informed them that they hadn’t heard from the family in a while. The relative told police that the family may have “had the flu,” according to Gibson.
Officers first went to the home on December 29. Tony Todt answered the door and informed the officers that everything was fine. Authorities didn’t note anything suspicious at the time.
Florida officers returned to the home on Monday with federal agents. They served an arrest warrant from the Department of Health and Human Services.
The sheriff added Tony Todt is cooperating with the investigation. The suspect allegedly ingested Benadryl or some type of pills prior to his arrest, resulting in authorities taking him to the hospital. Gibson said the suspect is physically OK. He’s currently talking with detectives and expected to be taken to the Osceola County jail shortly.
The cause of the victims’ death is still pending. The coroner is currently making the final determination, Gibson said.
As CrimeOnline previously reported, the Osceola County Sheriff’s Department arrived at a home in Celebration, Florida, at 202 Reserve Place, on Monday morning. Shortly after their arrival, authorities announced they were “conducting a death investigation in the North Village area at Celebration.”
“Osceola County Sheriff’s Office responded to 202 Reserve Pl. in Celebration for a death investigation,” Osceola County Sheriff Russ Gibson, said. “This is an isolated incident and all parties involved with this death investigation are accounted for.”
Police cordoned a good portion of the street for hours. On Monday night, a coroner’s van arrived and brought several stretchers into the home.
Court records indicate that the home had been occupied by the Todt couple, who moved from Connecticut to Florida with their three children and dog.
Osceola County’s online court records also indicated that the couple was facing eviction from the home.
Tony Todt was detained at the home on Monday afternoon. Neighbors reported seeing police ordering him out of the home at gunpoint.
Numerous family members previously posted on Facebook that the Todt family was missing. According to the Facebook group, “Looking for the Todt Family,” Tony Todt was last heard from on January 6 via text.
Tony Todt reportedly commuted back and forth from Florida to Connecticut. He owns Family Physical Therapy in Colchester, Connecticut, but his license expired in September 2019. A sign on the front of his business indicated that they would return after January 1, but apparently the business has not reopened.
Dr. Priya Tandon, who has a medical practice in the same building as Family Physical Therapy, told CTPost that Todt’s employees revealed that they had not been paid. Further, FBI agents arrived at the Family Physical Therapy in December. The landlord of the building reportedly said that the agents were “investigating.”
“The Office of the Attorney General can confirm we have an open False Claims Act investigation into Anthony Todt. Beyond that, we are unable to comment or provide further details,” Elizabeth Benton, Director of Communications at the Connecticut Office of Attorney General said.
Connecticut Attorney General William Tong stated that a “False Claims Act” investigation is open against Tony Todt.
Neighbor Connie McGarian told FOX 35 that a couple and three children lived in the Reserve Place home. She said the children were polite and the family seemed “perfect.”
A few neighbors posted on the Facebook group that they last saw the family in mid-November. Another neighbor said they saw the family in mid-December, leaving in a packed vehicle. They said they figured that the family was likely leaving town for the holidays.
The story is developing. Check back for updates.
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[Feature Photo: Todt Family/Facebook]