New details in Homosassa coin collector murder case | News
Brooksville, Florida — There's new information in an unsolved murder that now happened a month ago with a person of interest still on the run.
Homosassa coin collector Billy Shuler disappeared and was found dead near B21 Liquors in Tarpon Springs in May, and those closest to the man say they want justice now.
"Everybody has a father. I beg, please, I want to spend Father's Day with my dad," said Billy Shuler's son Dan one month ago.
But Father's Day is gone. And less than a week later, Shuler's widow, Esther has learned new information about her late husband's death.
"She just got the death certificate which said death was contributed by a bullet wound to the head," said Shuler family friend Terry Martin. "When Bill was killed, so was (Esther's) financial abilities and so was her life basically."
Martin has been collecting money to help support Esther while deputies say they're still collecting tips.
"Whether (tips are) in Pinellas County, Hillsborough County, we have to diffuse a wide net," said Pasco County Public Information Officer Eddie Daniels.
Deputies are looking for Tony Maresca, one of Shuler's business partners who was last seen with Billy the day he disappeared. And yet, no official suspect has been named.
"At this point we are definitely saying (Maresca) is a person of interest, once we're able to talk to him and find out exactly what happened when he was with Mr. Shuler, then we'll be able to say 'well this person is a suspect.'"
At Brooksville Wesleyan Church where Bill and his wife Esther celebrated 50 years together, members of the congregation say a month later, they're still looking for closure.
"He was so loved by the people her," said Lee Stanford. "To know that there is no closure to the situation right now is very painful."
If you know where Tony Maresca is, you're urged to call the Pasco County Sheriff's office at 1-800-706-2488.