Girl murdered senior couple in Surf City, New Jersey, cops say
SURF CITY – The daughter of the man found dead on his island of Long Beach on Sunday has been accused of stabbing him and his girlfriend to death.
Police found the bloody bodies of John Enders, 87, of Surf City, and Françoise Pitoy, 75, of Manchester, were discovered by Surf City Police at Enders’ home on North 7th Street around 4 p.m. after being called to perform a welfare check, according to Ocean County District Attorney Bradley Billhimer.
Enders and Pitoy were dating and Pitoy frequently stayed at home, according to Billhimer.
The sprawling house is listed in line for sale as a $ 2 million bay front property.
Pennsylvania State Police arrested Enders’ daughter Sherry Lee Heffernan, 55, at her Landenberg, Pa., Home on Monday and charged her with two counts of first degree murder, possession of a ‘a weapon for illegal purposes and illegal possession of a weapon.
She will be extradited to New Jersey and held in the Ocean County Jail pending a detention hearing.
Billhimer did not disclose the motive for the knife attack.
An examination of Enders determined that the cause of his death was multiple stab wounds with rupture of the right carotid artery and blunt trauma; the mode of death was found to be homicide. An autopsy of Pitoy is scheduled today.
Billhimer credited law enforcement work in several states with quickly identifying Herrernan as the suspect.
“We were able to determine very early in the investigation that there was no immediate danger to the population. From there, these detectives got to work doing their best to solve these horrific crimes. Every law enforcement officer involved in this investigation has my deep gratitude, ”Billhimer said.