Authorities in southwest Florida have charged a man with six counts of first-degree murder in the deaths of his wife and five children.

The Collier County Sheriff's Office said Tuesday that Mesac Damas has been ordered held without bond until his return from Haiti.

The 33-year-old boarded a flight from Miami International Airport to the Caribbean nation on Friday.

The following evening, deputies found wife Guerline Damas and their five children killed in a Naples town house.

Mesac Damas told The Associated Press that he had planned to surrender and that he returned to Haiti to say goodbye to his family. The sheriff's office says their information does not support that statement.

Florida investigators were traveling to Haiti on Tuesday to interview Damas.