Sunday, December 17, 2017
Public safety

Search intensifies for missing Pasco mother

WESLEY CHAPEL — The crime scene tape was still up Monday afternoon. On the other side, the house was crawling with deputies and forensics agents. They dug in the yard, checked dirt mounds, opened a shed behind the house. But they hadn't found a trace of the woman whose boyfriend shot himself Sunday night, three weeks after she disappeared.

Linda V. Losacano's family last heard from her on April 14. Then she stopped picking up the phone and returning their calls. They called Pasco deputies, who went to the house at 27154 Raven Brook Road, where she lived with Timothy Dean Arnold and their 5-year-old daughter, Kylie.

Deputies stopped by the home twice over the weekend — about 12:30 p.m. Saturday and about 1:30 a.m. Sunday — and got no answer. They returned Sunday evening and forced their way in.

Kylie came out of a room into a hallway, unharmed. Then deputies heard muffled gunshots from another room.

Deputies whisked the child outside and called the SWAT team, which surrounded the home for about two hours. About 9:17 p.m. the team entered the home and found Arnold, 48, dead of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound.

Robert Lupo, a neighbor across the street, watched as Kylie came out of the house and ran toward her aunt, who scooped up the crying child. A deputy asked Kylie, "Where's Mommy?"

"She just pointed to the sky and said, 'Mommy's gone,' " said Lupo, 65.

On Monday night, Pasco deputies issued a statement saying they were investigating the situation as "an active missing persons case," though they said "evidence was discovered (Monday) at the Wesley Chapel home that may indicate foul play." Deputies did not elaborate.

Alison Stockfield, who lives down the road, met Losacano and Arnold last year. They had been dating for 25 years. Losacano was a sign language interpreter. Arnold had licenses as a security officer and private investigator, and worked for a company called the Investigation Agency.

Stockfield met the family one day in September when she saw the couple outside with Kylie. They became neighborhood friends and Kylie became a playmate to Stockfield's 2-year-old daughter, Eliana.

They were quiet and kept to themselves, Stockfield said, and she liked them. She saw the family almost every day over the past two months for playdates. They roasted marshmallows and watched movies.

She said she went to a garage sale with Losacano, 49, on April 14. Losacano bought picture frames to hold more images of Kylie. They agreed to go to another sale the next weekend. That never happened.

On April 17 or 18, she said, Arnold stopped by with Kylie. He cried and shook while he talked about the pending foreclosure on the $400,000 house they had bought in 2008. He said Losacano had gone north to stay with her sister, Stockfield said.

The next day, she called Losacano's cell phone. But Arnold picked up. He said she forgot the phone at home.

Then, on Sunday afternoon, a woman knocked on her door.

"Do you have any idea where Linda is?" she asked Stockfield.

"She's up north with her sister," Stockfield said.

"That can't be," the woman said, "because I'm her sister from New Hampshire."

After 17 days without hearing from her sister, Connie Losacano had flown down over the weekend, said sheriff's spokesman Doug Tobin. She said she was concerned about Kylie. That gave deputies cause to enter the home Sunday evening.

Kylie is now staying with her aunt.

According to court documents, Connie Losacano filed Monday for custody of the girl. She and other relatives could not be reached for this story.

All this shocked Stockfield. She doesn't know how this could have happened without some sort of warning sign.

"She never said anything to me that something was wrong," Stockfield said. "Nothing."

 
Comments

Wesley Chapel woman, 28, dies after crashing motorcycle

LUTZ — A 28-year-old motorcyclist died Sunday after she crashed near Lutz Lake Fern Road and Apian Way, Hillsborough deputies reported.Erica Kristen Rodriguez of Wesley Chapel was riding a Kawasaki motorcycle with a small group of motorcyclists eastb...
Updated: 3 hours ago

Woman, 24, hit by Land Rover, in critical condition

LARGO — A 24-year-old woman is in critical condition after she was struck by a vehicle Saturday night, police said.Khadijah Wood was walking through the parking lot of the Sandy Lane Apartment Homes on Belcher Road about 7:30 p.m.At the same time, Ju...
Updated: 8 hours ago
Murder suspect is on the run after fatally shooting a father, cops say

Murder suspect is on the run after fatally shooting a father, cops say

A first-degree murder suspect remains at large almost a week after the fatal shooting of a Winter Haven father.The Polk County Sheriff’s Office says Johnny Ray Owsley’s murder of 35-year-old Adam Thrower, called "Cook" by friends, involved Owsley’s e...
Updated: 8 hours ago

Two die in head-on crash on Gunn Highway in Odessa

ODESSA — Hillsborough County deputies are investigating a head-on crash on Gunn Highway that killed two and sent a child to the hospital Saturday afternoon.About 12: 45 p.m., Terry Lee Bronschidle, 70, of Tampa was driving his Chevy Traverse south on...
Published: 12/16/17
Firefighters injured after early-morning blaze at Tampa strip mall

Firefighters injured after early-morning blaze at Tampa strip mall

TAMPA — Three firefighters were injured early Saturday morning while battling a fire at a strip mall on W Waters Avenue, according to Tampa Fire Rescue.Firefighters said the blaze started around 2:45 p.m. in the attic of L.A. Nail Supply, located at ...
Published: 12/16/17
Pinellas sheriff’s investigator fired, could face criminal charges for involvement in child custody battle

Pinellas sheriff’s investigator fired, could face criminal charges for involvement in child custody battle

LARGO — A Pinellas sheriff’s child protective investigator has been fired and could face criminal charges after an investigation found she made a child custody recommendation to a judge as a favor to a friend.Jayne Johnson, who has worked for the She...
Published: 12/15/17
Deputies: Plant City men fled in stolen car, shot dog, hid in swamp

Deputies: Plant City men fled in stolen car, shot dog, hid in swamp

DOVER — Two Plant City men who ran from deputies and shot a dog were captured after a brief pursuit Thursday, according to the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office.They ditched a stolen car, ran away on foot, crossed through several yards and then tr...
Published: 12/15/17

Tampa bicyclist, 52, dies after being rear-ended by vehicle; no charges

TAMPA — A 52-year-old man riding a bicycle was killed early Friday when he was struck from behind by a car in Seminole Heights, according to Tampa police.The incident took place at about 12:15 a.m. Wayne Kersh, 52, was riding his bicycle in the eastb...
Published: 12/15/17
After third fire at former Ybor City bathhouse, arrest is made

After third fire at former Ybor City bathhouse, arrest is made

TAMPA — A 46-year-old man was arrested Friday and accused of setting fire to a vacant Ybor City bathhouse hit by arson at least two other times earlier this year.Two Tampa police officers spotted smoke from the vacant building at 1512 E Eighth Ave. a...
Published: 12/15/17

FHP: Overturned pick-up slowed traffic on northbound Howard Frankland

ST. PETERSBURG — A pick-up truck towing a car onto the northbound Howard Frankland Bridge overturned and crashed on the shoulder, causing back-ups for motorists trying to get to Tampa, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.The incident was reported...
Published: 12/15/17