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Deputies confirm body found in Port Richey backyard is connected to Tarpon Springs triple homicide

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Posted at 7:05 AM, Jan 07, 2019
and last updated 2019-01-08 17:31:00-05

TARPON SPRINGS, Fla. (AP) — The remains found outside a Port Richey home have been identified as Jamie Ivancic, wife of triple murder suspect Shelby Nealy.

Police in Ohio arrested 25-year-old Shelby Nealy Friday after they caught him with a car stolen from a Tarpon Springs home where a couple and their son were found dead. Their daughter — the man's wife — was initially reported missing. Nealy remains in an Ohio jail.

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According to investigators, Jamie Ivancic was killed by violent blunt force trauma.

She may have been dead for as long as a year. That's when investigators say Nealy left the Port Richey home with their two children. They say he has not been back since.

The motive is unclear at this time.

“The investigation indicates at this moment that she had conveyed to some family members about a year ago that she was planning on leaving [him]," said Colonel Jeff Harrington, Chief Deputy at the Pasco County Sheriff's Office.

Investigators identified the victims found in a Tarpon Springs home as 71-year-old Richard Ivancic; his wife, 59-year-old Laura Ivancic; and their son, 25-year-old Nicholas Ivancic. Nealy's wife, Richard and Laura's daughter and Nicholas' sister, Jamie Ivancic, 21, was missing under what police called "suspicious circumstances."