Authorities in Florida have confirmed that a body found at a Port Richey home on Sunday is the body of a missing woman, whose parents, brother, and dogs were allegedly killed by her husband weeks ago.
On Tuesday afternoon, the Pasco County Sheriff’s Office held a press conference in which it confirmed that the remains did, in fact, belong to Jamie Nicole Ivancic, 21. She used to live at the home where the body was found, neighbors told WTSP in Tampa, Florida. Since the discovery of her remains, there was speculation that the remains had ties to either her or the murder of her family.
She had been declared missing ever since a triple homicide at a home in Tarpon Springs, which investigators believe happened on Dec. 19 or 20. Ivancic's dad, Richard Louis Ivancic, 71, her mother, Laura Ann Ivancic, 59 and her adult brother Nicholas James Ivancic, 25, were all found dead at that residence, which belonged to the deceased couple. Three small breed dogs were also found dead inside the home, according to WFLA in Tampa.
Tarpon Police Department Major Jeff Young stated at a Friday press conference that they were tipped off by neighbors after Ivancic’s husband was allegedly spotted outside that house digging a ditch with a 2 or 3-year-old child by his side.
That husband, Shelby John Nealy, 25, allegedly confessed to the murders, according to police.
Nealy and Ivancic’s children, ages 2 and 3, were found alive and physically OK. They are now in state custody.
During Tuesday’s press conference, law enforcement said they could not give insight into a possible motive for the murders. They did state that Nealy also allegedly confessed to his wife’s murder.
Pasco County police said they believe the wife was killed at the home where she was found, but said they do not know when she was killed. They said it is possible that Nealy could have been posing as his deceased wife or concealing that she was missing or dead for some time, although how much time that could have been for is unclear.
Police declined to answer if the slain mother was pregnant.
[Photos: Tarpon Springs Police Department, Lakewood Police Department]
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