Person of interest in collector's disappearance

Holiday, Florida -- A missing man, suspected foul play, and a person of interest on the run. We're learning more about the man deputies say is involved in the disappearance of 69-year-old coin collector Billy Shuler.

Holiday resident Sara Gentzler describes her neighborhood earlier this week.

"Cop cars just coming, flying down the street, and then the helicopters on Thursday night just flying around for 10 to 15 minutes," she said.

It's a scene straight out of The Fugitive.

"They're nice people. I was really best friends with their daughter," Gentzler said.

She has lived a few doors down from 51-year-old Tony Maresca and his girlfriend for 14 years.

"It was shocking to see on the news," she said.

Pasco County deputies have been searching for Maresca since Friday after his acquaintance, Billy Shuler, disappeared.

Neighbors in Holiday say Tony Maresca and his girlfriend have lived in their home for 15 years, mainly keeping to themselves the whole time. They say they're absolutely shocked he could be involved in this case.

But Maresca has a criminal record. He was arrested in 1980 for burglary and a DUI. He was also arrested for drug possession in 2002.

On Friday, Tarpon Springs police and Pasco County deputies were called to the scene they treated as a homicide. They have not officially linked the homicide investigation with the disappearance of Billy Shuler.

Maresca was last seen in Tarpon Springs.

If you have any information, you are urged to call the Pasco County Sheriff's Office.


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