UPDATE | A home on Norwood Ave. in Port Richey was still surrounded by deputies and crime scene tape Saturday night. A spokeswoman with the sheriff’s office was unable to confirm if anything has been found on the property. She would only 8 On Your Side that deputies will remain at the scene until forensic anthropologists are finished with their portion of the investigation.
News Channel 8’s Gabrielle Shirley spoke to one neighbor who said she smelled death in the vicinity of the home on Thursday evening.
“At first, I thought it was an animal,” says Amy Stilson, who has lived in the neighborhood for about seven months, “But, when I saw the forensics, I said to my husband, ‘They are finding dead bodies,’ and he said, ‘I hope not,’ and I said, ‘I hate to tell you but I think so.'”
ORIGINAL STORY | After finding three dead bodies inside a Tarpon Springs home earlier this week, investigators believe there may now be a fourth victim.
Pasco deputies confirmed Friday that a home on Norwood Ave. in Port Richey has been identified as a place of interest connected to the Tarpon Springs investigation.
Detectives and forensic anthropologists were on scene searching for a possible body, officials say. An aerial view of the scene showed investigators in the backyard of the home, surveying underground using radar.
Neighbors tell News Channel 8 the house in question used to be rented by Shelby Nealy, the suspect arrested for the Tarpon Springs killings and his wife Jamie Ivancic, who is considered missing and dangerous.
After his arrest Thursday, police say Nealy confessed to killing his wife’s mother, father, and brother.
Gwen Goins lives on Norwood Ave. and says police accidentally knocked on her door early Friday morning, confusing it with their address of interest.
“They’re saying ‘there’s a body in your house,'” Goins recounted. She coincidentally moved to Port Richey recently from Ohio and cars in her driveway had Ohio plates. “They’re saying ‘it’s buried in your backyard, or in your garage in the freezer.'”
Mike Stockdale lives a few doors down from where he says Ivancic, Nealy, and their two kids used to live. He says something always seemed off about Nealy, and he fears for what happened to the missing wife and mother.
“If she is dead, at least she’s up there with her parents,” Stockdale said.
A team of forensic anthropologists is at a home in Port Richey, helping detectives search for a body at the residence.
The Pasco County Sheriff’s Office got word of a possible body located at a home on Norwood Ave.
“We have been in communication with Tarpon Springs PD and are investigating a lead regarding this residence they have provided,” the agency said in a statement.
The sheriff’s office has since confirmed the search is related to the triple homicide.
Authorities said a married couple and their son were found dead inside the home. Their daughter is missing and her husband is in custody, police said.
Further information was not immediately available.