Pasco deputies tentatively identify human remains

New Port Richey, Florida -- Pasco Sheriff's Office deputies have identified the human remains that were found in a wooded area off of Massachusetts Avenue in New Port Richey on Friday afternoon.

Deputies were called to a wooded area between Congress Street and Rowan Road, at 3:16 p.m. Friday. When they arrived, they discovered the decayed human remains of a male.

The remains have been tentatively identified as belonging to Anthony Joseph Cucchiara.The identification is deemed tentative while the medical examiner's office works to confirm the identification as well as the cause of death.

Cucchiara had last been seen at his home on May 7. On that day, he left his residence and was scheduled to meet with his probation officer, but he never arrived. He was reported missing after his disappearance and was the subject of an active search by deputies.

Cucchiara had made threats on his life just prior to his disappearance, telling friends and family he would end his life if he ever violated his probation because he did not want to return to jail.

The incident remains under investigation and no foul play is suspected.


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