Nearly a year after a Canadian couple was found murdered in their Hallandale Beach townhome, police released new evidence Wednesday in hopes of getting more tips.
Police Chief Dwayne Flournoy, flanked by the victims’ family members, plead for more information from the public, saying he was determined to solve the crime.
“I told you guys we are going to solve this case, right?” Flournoy said, directing his comments to relatives who traveled from Canada to attend the briefing. “We are going to solve this case.”
David Pichosky, 71, and Rochelle Wise, 66, Toronto natives who spent their winters in their Hallandale Beach townhome, were found dead Jan. 9 by a concerned neighbor.
It was later determined that the pair died of asphyxiation. Flournoy said Wednesday they were bound in their Venetian Park home.
Police had released very few details about the crime, but that changed Wednesday.
They released information about DNA profiles showing at least two women were involved in the crime, a forensic artist’s sketch of a woman with a long pony tail from a surveillance video, a shoe print from an Adidas Supernova sneaker, and a picture of a missing ring with a special clasp that allowed it to stretch over the knuckle.
“The evidence tells us, the science tells us, that there are two females involved in this homicide, at least two,” Flournoy said. He added that the two DNA profiles left at the scene were not related to each other.
“I can only stress that this DNA profile is crime specific,” Flournoy said. “It was brought into the crime scene by the perpetrators.”
The couples’ family and a close friend came from Toronto to appeal for help.
Pichosky was a retired accountant and Wise was founding director of the Crestwood Valley Day Camp near Toronto. She retired in 2005.
“Over the past 12 months we have learned to live in a new reality,” said Pichosky’s daughter Sari Rosenblum. “Our father, grandfather was murdered. We have no peace. We have no closure. We have no understanding of why this has happened.”
Investigators have interviewed more than 50 people, and have traveled to Canada and other parts of Florida - all to no avail. They recently enlisted the Florida Department of Law Enforcement to work on the case.
“As we all know four eyes are better than two,” said Addy Villanueva, the FDLE special agent in charge. “We are here until this case is solved.”
Wise was last seen shopping at a nearby Walmart the evening of Jan. 8. Surveillance video showed a woman leaving the back door of the couple's unit the next day.
Flournoy said everyone in the close-knit community has seen the video and nobody recognizes the woman.
He is hoping the new sketch will bring in some tips.
“We believe the identification of the female is critical and important to this case,” he said.
He said they could not determine the size of the shoe, but the sole was made for both men and women. The style was taken out of production in 2000.
A missing $16,000 wedding band may have been a clue in the couple’s death. The platinum finish ring had five half-carat white diamonds on the top in a half moon shape. Nothing else of value was missing.
At the press conference a large picture of the ring was displayed in hopes someone will know where it ended up.
Police also announced the reward for information leading to an arrest has increased from $50,000 to $57,000.
“They had a whole life ahead of them,” said Pearl Gladman, Wise’s best friend. “They really loved this place and it hurts me so much to know the place they loved is were their life ended.”
Anyone with information is asked to call Broward Crime Stoppers at 954-493-8477.