Body found in Tarpon Springs ID’d as that of missing Citrus man

TARPON SPRINGS — 


A body found in Tarpon Springs last Friday has been positively identified as that of a missing Citrus County man, the Pasco County Sheriff’s Office said Tuesday.

Billy Shuler, 69, left Homosassa last Wednesday to meet fellow coin dealer Anthony Maresca in Holiday. Shuler did not return home, and his wife reported him missing on Thursday.

The Pasco County Sheriff’s Office opened an investigation, and deputies found Shuler’s truck at a storage facility in Holiday with evidence suggesting foul play.

Friday, a man’s body was found in a wooded area south of B21 Liquors at 43380 U.S. 19 N in Tarpon Springs. The Medical Examiner‘s Office identified the body as Shuler’s through fingerprint analysis, the sheriff’s office said.

Detectives have not been able to locate Maresca, 51, who lives in Holiday, to question him about Shuler’s death. Anyone with any information about Maresca’s whereabouts or the case is asked to call Tampa Bay Crime Stoppers at 1-800-873-8477 or visit Pasco sheriff’s office website at PascoSheriff.us.

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Weather Warnings for Citrus County FL

Weather Warnings for Citrus County FL

Synopsis/Overview: Afternoon sea breeze thunderstorms may be strong to severe

today. A storm system will develop in the Gulf and move over the region Friday

through Friday Night with strong to severe thunderstorms possible Friday into early

Saturday morning.

Impact 1: Strong to Severe Thunderstorms.

 Scattered to numerous thunderstorms are expected to form late this afternoon

in Southwest Florida and develop northward into the Tampa Bay Area from

around 4 PM through 8 PM. Large hail and damaging winds are the primary

threats with the strongest storms.

 Numerous thunderstorms will develop by Friday Morning over the Nature

Coast then Friday afternoon through Friday night over the rest of West Central

and Southwest Florida. Large hail, damaging winds or isolated tornadoes are

the primary threats with the strongest storms.

Impact 2: Heavy Rainfall with Flooding Possible.

 Rainfall totals of up to 3 to 5 inches will be possible from Tampa Bay

northward. Excessive rainfall could lead to risk of flooding especially north of

NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE

Tampa Bay.

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