Pasco deputies: Buried body may be tied to Tarpon Springs triple homicide

Three bodies were found in a Tarpon Springs home on New Year’s Day. Investigators were searching the Port Richey home looking for a death that may be connected to that case.
A body has been located at a Port Richey residence that is possibly related to the triple homicide discovered on New Year’s Day. Richard Ivancic, 71; Laura Ivancic, 59; and Nicholas Ivancic, 25, were found dead inside a home at 1954 Juanita Way earlier this week, according to authorities. [Tarpon Springs Police Department]
A body has been located at a Port Richey residence that is possibly related to the triple homicide discovered on New Year’s Day. Richard Ivancic, 71; Laura Ivancic, 59; and Nicholas Ivancic, 25, were found dead inside a home at 1954 Juanita Way earlier this week, according to authorities. [Tarpon Springs Police Department]
Published January 6
Updated January 7

PORT RICHEY — A body was found buried in a yard at 10930 Norwood Ave. that has been tied to the Tarpon Springs triple homicide investigation into the deaths of Richard Ivancic, 71, wife Laura Ivancic, 59, and son Nicholas Ivancic, 25, the Pasco County Sheriff’s Office announced Sunday night.

Their bodies were found inside a home at 1954 Juanita Way in Tarpon Springs on New Year’s Day when police went to check on the residents. Investigators believe they were killed up to a week earlier, either on Dec. 19 or 20.

Detectives also announced that the couple’s daughter, Jamie Ivancic, 21, was missing.

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On Thursday, her husband, 25-year-old Shelby Svensen, was arrested in Ohio and investigators said he later confessed to the three Tarpon Springs slayings.

The next day, Pasco County Sheriff’s Office detectives and University of South Florida forensics anthropologists were at the Norwood Avenue home investigating a report that a body was located at the property there.

The Medical Examiner’s Office has yet to release the identity of the person found in Port Richey. Investigators say Jamie Ivancic remains missing.

Pinellas authorities tracked Svenson to Ohio, where he was arrested Thursday while in possession of his missing wife’s SUV. He confessed to killing the three people found in the Tarpon Springs home, police said, and was jailed in Lakewood, Ohio. He will face three charges of first-degree murder, according to Tarpon Springs police, who have declined to release any other information about the murders, including how they died.

Contact Paul Guzzo at pguzzo@tampabay.com or follow @PGuzzoTimes

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