Hallandale Beach police say a missing wedding band may be a clue in the case of the killings of a Canadian couple in January.
Police said Thursday that during their investigation into the deaths of David Pichosky, 71, and Rochelle Wise, 66, they realized her $16,000 wedding ring was missing.
The ring, a size 6 ½, is described as having a platinum finish and five half-carat white diamonds on the top in a half moon shape. The letters “DCC” are engraved inside the band. The ring also has a mechanism that allows it to open and close easily over a knuckle.
“During an inventory of the evidence, we realized her wedding ring wasn’t there,” said Hallandale Beach Police Chief Dwayne Flournoy. “There was no explanation as to why her ring was not in her home or on her person.”
Flournoy said nothing else of value was missing, but police now believe the motive could be robbery.
“We are still trying to piece together what happened and are looking for the public’s help,” he said.
The couple, who were from Toronto but would spend their winters in Hallandale Beach, were found by a concerned neighbor Jan. 10 in their Venetian Park apartment.
Wise was the founding director of the Crestwood Valley Day Camp near Toronto, from which she retired in 2005; Pichosky was a retired accountant.
Police have released very few details in their deaths, only saying the couple were asphyxiated.
Wise was last seen shopping at a nearby Walmart the evening of Jan. 8. The following day, a woman was seen on surveillance video leaving the back door of the couple’s unit.
Their bodies were found Jan. 10. Police think more than one person was involved in their killings.
At a news conference in March, Wise’s son James Wise and her best friend Pearl Gladman pleaded with the public for help in solving the case. “Today is about looking for more information to help our family get through this,” James Wise said.
Finding the ring may help police solve the case, said Flournoy.
“We are hoping that if we find this ring, it may lead us to more information,” Flournoy said, adding that they are hoping pawn shops and other jewelry stores will look at their inventory.
There is a $51,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of a suspect in the case. Anyone with information is urged to call Crime Stoppers at 954-493-8477 or Detective Lane Sauls at 954-457-1438.