Fort Myers police arrest aunt of missing children

Published: June 23, 2022 3:06 PM EDT
Updated: June 24, 2022 11:29 AM EDT

Fort Myers police arrested Iris Barrios Ozorio, 34, the aunt of two missing Fort Myers children.

According to FMPD, Ozorio will be charged with interference with custody and providing false information to law enforcement during an investigation.

Meanwhile, police have also issued an arrest warrant for the children’s mother Evelin Sanchez-Rojas, who is accused of interfering with the custody of 2-month-old Genesis Barrios and 2-year-old Yazmin Barrios, according to the Fort Myers Police Department.

Iris Ozorio. Credit: Credit: Lee County Sheriff’s Office

The police department said they responded to the Maravilla Avenue home on Tuesday, which is where the children were last seen, as an assist to the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office.

The children vanished on Sunday. A missing child alert was issued on Wednesday after Fort Myers police got involved.

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Two children, 2-month-old Genesis Barrios and 2-year-old Yazmin Barrios, are missing (left). They could be in the company of Evelin Sanchez-Rojas (biological mother of both children) and possibly Inmer Barrios (right).

Authorities said the children were staying at the Maravilla Ave. home, but Sanchez-Rojas arrived and said a judge had lifted the court order and then took the children.

Fort Myers police said that during the initial investigation, detectives learned that both children had left with Sanchez-Rojas and “possibly” Barrios, which is in violation of a court order.

Fort Myers police detectives contacted the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, who issues the missing children alert.

The Fort Myers Police Department said it is working closely with the FDLE, U.S. Marshals, the FBI and Homeland Security.