INDIAN RIVER COUNTY — Skeletal remains found near the Oslo Boat ramp are believed to belong to Assunta “Susy” Tomassi, who has been missing for nearly five years, sheriff’s officials said. A fisherman discovered the remains Friday, deputies said.
“While we await positive identification from the medical examiner’s office, the Tomassi family has requested privacy at this time,” Indian River County Sheriff Eric Flowers said in a statement. “I personally met with the Tomassi family this afternoon as we hope to bring closure to them and our community members, many of which searched alongside our agency for Susy over the past five years.”
Tomassi was reported missing on March 16, 2018, and was last seen getting into a white pickup truck behind Publix located at Oslo Road and U.S. 1. Deputies, Tomassi’s family and community members have searched for the woman ever since she vanished from the area but were unsuccessful.
The fisherman notified deputies of the discovery. Deputies found Tomassi’s remains deep in the mangrove tree coastline about 150 yards north of Oslo Road.
“Crime scene detectives and District 19 medical examiner investigators are actively processing the scene. The Oslo Road boat ramp will remain closed until their work is completed,” sheriff’s officials said. “No further details will be released at this time. Sheriff Flowers will brief the media and the community on our investigative conclusions once a positive identification has been made.”
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No further information was immediately available.