By Matt Wiley
The human remains found in a wooded area of Wesley Chapel have been identified as those of Linda Losacano, a Wesley Chapel woman who has been missing since May.
During a Pasco County Sheriff’s Office (PCSO) press conference on November 19, Sheriff Chris Nocco announced that Losacano had finally been found and that her next of kin had been notified.
“It’s not over yet,” said Nocco. “We can confirm that we have her, and she will be given a proper burial. But, at the same time, we do not (yet) know how she died. That’s still part of the investigation.”
Nocco says that Timothy Dean Arnold, Losacano’s long-time boyfriend, is the lead suspect, although he, too, is deceased. Arnold committed suicide as the PCSO SWAT Team entered the couple’s Raven Brook Rd. home in Quail Hollow on May 6, over concern for the well-being of Losacano’s 5-year-old daughter, after the woman was reported missing.
“I want to applaud the deputies of the Pasco Sheriff’s office,” said Nocco. “If it wasn’t for their heroic actions on May 6, a little girl who is now living in New Hampshire may not be alive.”
Det. Daniel Toner said that deputies searched for Losacano extensively, using data banks and records, as well as a land search of the entire Wesley Chapel area, using mounted deputies and ATVs.
Two hunters discovered Losacano’s skeletal remains on November 15 in a wooded area across from Wesley Chapel Mini Storage, located at 26504 Wesley Chapel Blvd. (S.R. 54). Toner said that partial dentures found at Losacano’s home contributed to establishing her identity. Her cause of death will be determined over the next several weeks.
Additional specifics about the case, including possible motives, were not given, due to it still being an ongoing investigation.