Police have identified the family of victims in a triple homicide investigation in Tarpon Springs as a husband, wife and their adult son, a family member missing under suspicious circumstances and a suspect in the case who is currently in custody out of state.
Jamie Nicole Ivancic, 21, is missing under what police say are suspicious circumstances and fear she may be the victim of foul play after her parents and brother were found dead. She is considered a missing endangered person. Police said her husband, Shelby John Nealy, is the “sole suspect” in the investigation.
Richard Louis Ivancic, 71, his wife, Laura Ann Ivancic, 59, and their 25-year-old son, Nicholas James Ivancic, were found dead in their home at 1954 Juanita Way on Tuesday, according to Tarpon Springs police.
Autopsies were conducted Thursday that positively identified the victims and determined their manners of death to be homicide, according to police.
The autopsies also determined the three family members were killed either late in the day Dec. 19 or Dec. 20, according to police.
Officers were called to the mobile home Tuesday after a family member called in a welfare check. When officers went inside, they found the bodies of the Ivancics in “advanced” stages of decomposition and launched a triple homicide investigation. The bodies of three dogs, all Bichon Frise mixes, were also found in the home.
Police announced Friday that Shelby John Nealy, 25, has been identified as a suspect in the investigation and is in custody in Lakewood, Ohio. Nealy also uses the alias Shelby Svensen, according to police.
He was identified as the sole suspect in the investigation after investigators determined he matched the description of a man seen by neighbors digging a hole outside the home, according to police. Investigators also found he pawned games in Palm Harbor and made purchases at a Home Depot and may be in Lakewood, Ohio.
Lakewood police told WFLA News Channel 8 that officers were told about a vehicle stolen out of Florida. Nealy was later arrested in connection with the stolen 2013 Kia Sorrento.
Nealy was taken into custody when he tried to get into the vehicle. Tarpon Springs police went to Lakewood to speak with Nealy, who “admitted to his involvement” in the murders, according to police.
The investigation is ongoing.
Anyone with information on the homicides or Jamie Ivancic’s whereabouts is asked to call the Tarpon Springs Police Department detective’s tipline line at 727-937-1558.