PASCO COUNTY, Fla - Remains found last week Thursday in a wooded area of Wesley Chapel have been identified as those of Linda Losacano.
"I am very happy and relieved," said Linda's brother David Losacano from his New Hampshire home. "It's a big load off my shoulders."
Losacano, then 49, was last heard from by relatives on April 14. Family members concerned for Losacano's daughter's safety called authorities to conduct a welfare check on May 5. Deputies say at the time, it appeared nobody was home.
The next day, deputies returned and kicked in the door. Inside the home, deputies found the 5-year-old girl. They also found the body of Linda's boyfriend of 20 years, Timothy Arnold. Arnold, according to deputies, died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head. Arnold was the little girl's father.
A massive search ensued for Losacano.
"We checked phones, bank records and went on ATVs through Wesley Chapel," explained Detective Daniel Toner.
Meanwhile, her family and friends feared the worst.
"Where is she? Where is she? I just kept thinking that everyday. Everyday it went through my head," David added.
Friends say Linda would never have left her daughter alone. Home videos of Linda show her smiling as she watched her daughter play.
"Kylee was her life," said Linda's friend Aspacia Lindstrom. "She was always doing creative things with her."
Two men walking in a wooded area across from a Wesley Chapel storage building at 26504 Wesley Chapel Boulevard stumbled upon her remains November 15.
Detectives said a partial denture recovered at Losacano's home helped with the identification.
"I spoke with her sister and obviously she is upset, heartbroken," Toner added.
"It is kind of eerie to think of bones laying all over the place," David said.
Detectives are still calling Arnold their prime suspect. They said they could not talk motive because that was part of the investigation. They added that their was no history of domestic violence.
"I know we were at the residence for other investigations but nothing involving the two of them," Toner said.
Toner noted that evidence at Losacano's Ravens Brook Road home pointed to foul play. They would not go into detail about that evidence.
Losacano's family and friends told ABC Action News Linda and Timothy's relationship was crumbling and she was planning on moving to New Hampshire with their child.
"He told Linda a long time ago that he couldn't live without her and when he said that it was a very eerie sound," David added.
At this time, a cause of death has not been determined. Detectives believe they will have that information in the next few weeks.
Meanwhile, Losacano's sister has custody of her now 6-year-old daughter. Both reside in New Hampshire.
Losacano would have turned 50 today.
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