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Man with missing wife is arrested after in-laws found dead

Man whose wife was reported missing in Florida is arrested in Ohio after police found the decomposing bodies of his in-laws, their grown son and three pet dogs

  • Shelby John Nealy, 25, was arrested in Ohio Thursday after police tracked down Florida couple’s stolen car 
  • Nealy allegedly admitted involvement in the killings of his in-laws, identified as Richard Ivancic, 71; Laura Ivancic, 59, and Nicholas Ivancic, 25
  • Nealy’s wife and the mother of their two children, 21-year-old Jamie Ivancic, is missing under what police called ‘suspicious circumstances’
  • Police say elderly couple and their son were killed inside their Tarpon Springs, Florida, mobile home sometime between December 19-20
  • Their bodies were found in a state of ‘advanced decomposition,’ along with three small dogs, on New Year’s Eve
  • Nealy and his wife have a historic of domestic violence allegations  

Police in Ohio have arrested a man caught with a car stolen from a Florida home where his in-laws and their son were found dead, along with three pet dogs. 

Meanwhile, the suspect’s wife – the daughter of the slain couple – remains missing.

Police in Tarpon Springs, Florida, on Friday said that 25-year-old Shelby John Nealy was taken into custody in the Cleveland suburb of Lakewood, Ohio. 

Nealy's wife, 21-year-old Jamie Ivancic, is missing

Police in Ohio detained Shelby Neary, 25 (left), in connection to the killings of his in-laws in Florida last month. Nealy’s wife, 21-year-old Jamie Ivancic, is missing 

It wasn’t immediately clear if he has been charged with a crime or has a lawyer.

Investigators identified the victims found inside a mobile home on Juanita Way in Tarpon Springs as 71-year-old Richard Louis Ivancic; his wife, 59-year-old Laura Ann Ivancic; and their son, 25-year-old Nicholas James Ivancic. 

Nealy’s wife, their 21-year-old daughter Jamie Nicole Ivancic, is missing under what police called ‘suspicious circumstances.’

 ‘We do fear she, too, may be a victim of foul play,’ said police Maj. Jeff Young said at a news conference Friday in Tarpon Springs. ‘This is an ongoing investigation.’  

Authorities making a welfare check at the request of the Ivancics’ other son, who lives in another state, on New Year’s Day said they found the bodies in a state of ‘advanced decomposition.’ 

Police have not said how they died but that the killings likely happened December 19 or December 20. 

The bodies of three small dogs also were discovered inside the trailer home.  

Nealy was arrested after authorities were able to track a red 2013 Kia Sorento owned by Laura Ivancic to Ohio. 

He was taken into custody at 7pm Thursday after walking outside toward the vehicle from an apartment on Newman Avenue, where Jamie and Shelby’s two children aged 2 and 3 were inside unharmed. 

They were taken to a family services agency.

Police tracked a red 2013 Kia Sorento owned by Laura Ivancic to this home in Lakewood, Ohio, where they apprehended Nealy Thursday evening  

Police tracked a red 2013 Kia Sorento owned by Laura Ivancic to this home in Lakewood, Ohio, where they apprehended Nealy Thursday evening  

Tarpon Springs police investigators have interviewed Nealy — who also goes by the alias Shelby Svenson — in Ohio and they say he admitted involvement in the killings. reported that Jamie Ivancic and Nealy were both charged with domestic violence after an October 5, 2016, altercation. 

Jamie, who was pregnant with her second child at the time, accused her husband of throwing her against the wall and biting her, while Nealy claimed that his wife struck and choked him. 


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