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Man Suspected Of Murdering Wife And Her Family May Have Posed As Her Over Text For A Whole Year

Jamie Nicole Ivancic was last seen in January 2018, when she told her sister she was planning on leaving her husband, Shelby John Nealy. Her body was recently discovered in her old Florida home weeks after her parents and brother were murdered.

A man suspected of killing his wife and her family may have posed as her in text messages for an entire year.

Jamie Nicole Ivancic, 21, hasn’t been seen since January 2018, according to the Associated Press. Over the course of the last year, however, her husband Shelby John Nealy (who also goes by Shelby Svensen), 25, reportedly reassured friends and family that she was fine, just busy.

In December, Ivancic’s parents and brother also went off the radar. A welfare check led to a gruesome discovery at her parent's home in Tarpon Springs: 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. Three small breed dogs were also found dead inside the home, according to WFLA in Tampa. Investigators believe they were all killed on either Dec. 19 or 20.

Nealy and Ivancic’s children, ages 2 and 3, were found alive and unharmed. They are now in state custody.

On Sunday, Jamie Nicole Ivancic's body was found at a Port Richey home where she used to live. Authorities believe that Nealy was last at the home about a year ago, when she appeared to have vanished, Col. Jeff Harrington of the Pasco County Sheriff's Office said Tuesday. Harrington said no one remembers speaking with Jamie Ivancic since January 2018. She apparently told some family members at the time that she was planning to leave her husband and take their kids, according to the Associated Press.

Jamie Ivancic’s sister, Karma Stewart told the Tampa Bay Times they last talked in January 2018 over FaceTime. Since then she said she received some text messages, but never heard her sibling’s voice.

“It would appear that he [Nealy] was able to just trick them into thinking that she was unavailable, she was somewhere else and she was unavailable for a phone call,” Harrington said. “They vacated the residence, he and his kids, close to a year ago and he’s been in various places, in the area and elsewhere.”

Nealy has allegedly confessed to the murders, according to law enforcement. He has been charged with the murders in relation to the triple homicide and he is expected to also be charged with the murder of his wife. It’s not known if Nealy has a lawyer at this time.

[Photos: Tarpon Springs Police Department, Lakewood Police Department]

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