Police: Wife may have been dead a year before remains found, husband arrested in Lakewood

NEW PORT RICHEY, Fla.-- Detectives with the Pasco County Sheriff's Office in Florida held a news conference Tuesday afternoon on a man suspected of killing four people.

Shelby Svensen, 25, who also goes by the name Shelby John Nealy, was arrested Thursday night in Lakewood, Ohio, in connection with the murders of his in-laws. He's now facing additional charges for the death of his wife.

The bodies of Richard Louis Ivancic, 71; his wife, Laura Ann Ivancic, 59; and and their son, Nicholas James Ivancic, 25, were found at their home in Tarpon Springs, Florida on New Year's Day. Police said they believe the murders happened on Dec. 19 or Dec. 20.

Jamie Nicole Ivancic (Photo courtesy: Tarpon Springs police)

Svensen's wife, 21-year-old Jamie Nicole Ivancic, was considered missing.

Then, the Pasco County Sheriff's Office found a body buried in the yard of the house Svensen and Ivancic shared in Port Richey.

On Tuesday, those remains were identified as Jamie Ivancic, who died from blunt force trauma. The sheriff's office said she may have died as long as a year ago. Investigators said they believe Svensen made excuses for her absence when her family tried to reach her.

Investigators said they tracked Svensen to Lakewood using pawn transactions and purchases at Home Depot.

He was taken into custody at a house on Newman Avenue, where police also located a vehicle registered to Laura Ivancic. Svensen's two young children were also at the home. They are now in the case of Cuyahoga County Children and Family Services.

In October 2016, Broadview Heights police were called to the home of Svensen and his wife on West Wallings Road. According to the report, Jamie Ivancic, who was pregnant at the time, said they got into an argument. She reported her husband, "choked her, threw her against the wall and then bit her on the left shoulder." She was taken to a hospital.

Svensen asked to be hospitalized for a psychological evaluation, the report said. He told a doctor that Ivancic had hit and choked him. A domestic violence charge filed against Ivancic was later dismissed.

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