TARPON SPRINGS – The suspect in the killings of a husband and wife and their adult son has admitted to killing all three, the Tarpon Springs Police Department announced during an Jan. 4 afternoon news conference.
As the suspect, Shelby John Nealy, 24, was being detained by police in Lakewood, Ohio, Tarpon Springs detectives were already in route to the city in Cuyahoga County, near Cleveland, according to Major Jeff Young of the Tarpon Police Department.
Once there, they questioned Nealy, who acknowledged killing the three victims, his father- and mother-in-law and his brother-in law, Young said.
The Tarpon Springs Police Department has identified the three victims as Richard Louis Ivancic, 71, his wife, Laura Ann Ivancic, 59, and their son, Nicholas James Ivancic, 25. All three lived at 1954 Juanita way.
Young said Tarpon detectives and investigators from other agencies had been working “tirelessly” since the bodies of the Ivancics were discovered by police while performing a welfare check at the family’s residence on Jan. 1 in response to concerns raised by neighbors.
After conducting autopsies on the three victims, the Pinellas-Pasco Medical Examiner’s Office ruled all of them had died as the result of homicide, Young said. All three are thought to have been dead since around Dec. 19, he said.
As of mid-day Jan. 4, Nealy’s wife, Jamie Nicole Ivancic, 21, the daughter of Richard and Laura Ivancic, was still missing, Young said. Investigators fear she, too, is a victim of foul play, he said.
Jamie Ivancic’s name has been entered into the FCIC/NCIC state and federal criminal information network. Anyone with information regarding her should call the Police Department tip line at 727-937-1558.
Saying the killings and the apparent disappearance of Jamie Ivancic were still under investigation, Young declined to answer questions after delivering his update.
Police have records of transactions Nealy made in the Palm Harbor area, including at a pawn shop and video game store, Young said. Leads developed during the investigation, however, suggested Nealy was in the Lakewood, Ohio, area after the bodies were discovered.
After alerting the Lakewood Police Department, officers there found a 2013 Kia registered to Laura Ivancic, Young said. Nealy was taken into custody without incident, he said.
Nealy and Jamie’s Ivancic’s two children, ages 3 and 2, were in Ohio with their father, Young said. The children are safe and in the care of Cuyahoga County Protective Services.