Authorities in Florida announced Tuesday that the body of a missing woman, whose parents, brother, and three dogs were allegedly killed by her husband, was discovered at a home the couple resided at. Police allege the woman was also killed by the suspect about a year ago—and that he was posing as the victim to family members through electronic communication in order to conceal her death.
As previously reported by CrimeOnline, 21-year-old Jamie Nicole Ivancic was still missing at the time the bodies of her family members were discovered. Police said the woman’s husband, 25-year-old Shelby John Nealy, confessed to the slayings of her parents, Richard Louis Ivancic, 71, and Laura Ann Ivancic, 59, her brother, Nicholas James Ivancic, 25, and three family dogs at a Tarpon Springs.
The victims are believed to have been killed on December 19 or 20, according to officials.
Police arrested Nealy in Ohio after they reportedly caught him driving Laura Ivancic’s stolen vehicle. Officials said the couple’s two children, ages 2 and 3, were also with the suspect. They’re now now in custody of the Department of Children and families.
According to authorities, Nealy confessed to the murders after being apprehended, and subsequently disclosed while in custody that he also killed his wife “a year ago,” the Tampa Bay Times reported.
The Pasco County Sheriff’s Office announced at a Tuesday news conference that a body discovered Sunday “buried in the yard of the couple’s Port Richey home,” was identified as Jamie. She died of “violent blunt force trauma,” authorities said.
Relatives told our @mack_oxenden this morning that a body found buried at a Pasco home is Jamie Ivancic, whose brother and parents were slain in their Tarpon Springs home. McKenna also spoke at length with the family for this story published yesterday.https://t.co/dIW0vxJyBj
— Tampa Bay Times (@TB_Times) January 8, 2019
Jamie’s sister, Karma Stewart, reportedly told the newspaper that the last time anyone spoke with the victim was likely on January 25, 2018, when the two corresponded via a “Facetime call.” At the time, Stewart said Jamie told family members that she planned on leaving Nealy with their two children, ages 2 and 3.
While Stewart said relatives received “sporadic texts” after the physical communication, she believes those communications were executed by Nealy in order to cover up her sister’s death. Some of the texts purportedly included pictures of the couple’s children.
“I feel betrayed and that I was played,” Stewart said. “I didn’t expect the worst when I probably should have.”
Officials concurred that the texts are believed to have come from Nealy, as he posed as his deceased wife.
“It would appear that he was able to just trick them into thinking that she was unavailable, she was somewhere else and she was unavailable for a phone call,” Pasco County Sheriff’s Col. Jeff Harrington stated at the news conference.
The suspected killer is facing three counts of first-degree murder. He remains behind bars at an Ohio jail. He is expected to be extradited back to Florida, where he will also face charges in Jamie’s death, according to officials.
[Featured Image: Jamie Nicole Ivancic/Tarpon Springs Police Department; Shelby John Nealy Lakewood Police Department]