March 6, 2013

Hallandale Beach ‘snowbirds’ were asphyxiated, police chief says

A Canadian couple found dead inside their Hallandale Beach condominium in January were asphyxiated, Hallandale Beach police said Wednesday.

A Canadian couple found dead inside their Hallandale Beach condominium in January were asphyxiated, Hallandale Beach police said Wednesday.

Police Chief Dwayne Flournoy announced a $51,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of a suspect in the case.

Although it’s been nearly two months since the double-murders, Flournoy said he is confident the crime would be solved.

“As we release more details on this case, you will find how senseless this murder was,” Flournoy said.

Although the police chief declined to release any information about the evidence, he did say investigators were sure there was more than one person involved, and he was hopeful a “less culpable” person would be willing to step forward in exchange for a lesser sentence.

“Your freedom is short-lived but your incarceration may be diminished if you come forward now,” Flournoy said to the killers.

David Pichosky, 71, and Rochelle Wise, 66, were from the Toronto area but spent their winters in South Florida.

Their bodies were discovered by a concerned neighbor when the couple failed to show up for a lunch date.

Wise was the founding director of the Crestwood Valley Day Camp near Toronto. She remained in that position until her retirement in 2005. She was also a teacher at the Bialik Hebrew Day School.

Pichosky was a retired accountant, according to the Canadian media.

Pichosky and Wise, who married about four years ago, were very religious and could be seen walking to temple every Friday night, neighbors said.

Their brutal murder rocked the Venetian Park neighborhood, on the 900 block of Northeast 25th Avenue just off Three Island Boulevard. Rarely have the police had to respond to any problem except a false alarm going off, residents said.

The Broward Sheriff’s Office and Hallandale Beach police are both involved in the investigation.

So far, they’ve received around 100 tips, and the four detectives on the homicide case are still going through large volumes of evidence, the police chief said.

At Wednesday morning’s news conference, Wise’s son, James Wise, and her best friend of 30-plus years, Pearl Gladman, pleaded with anyone with information to come forward.

“Today is about looking for more information to help our family get through this,” James Wise said.

“She was the sister I never had and I miss her terribly,” Gladman added.

Last month, police released a surveillance tape from Jan. 10 showing a woman leaving the back door of the couple’s unit. They are still trying to identify the woman on the tape.

Flournoy said later Wednesday, the department will release a surveillance video taken the night of Jan. 8 showing Wise shopping at a nearby Wal-Mart.

The last time anyone heard from the couple was Jan. 9. Their bodies were discovered Jan. 10.

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