Man, girlfriend killed on LBI
SURF CITY – The sale of a $ 2 million house on Long Beach Island and a will have been central to the stabbing death of a couple found dead on Sunday.
The bloody bodies of John Enders, 87, of Surf City, and Francoise “Frenchie” Pitoy, 75, of Manchester, were discovered by Surf City police at Enders’ home on North 7th Street at around 4 p.m. that police were called to perform a welfare check, according to Ocean County Attorney Bradley Billhimer.
Pennsylvania State Police arrested Enders’ daughter Sherry Lee Heffernan, 55, from 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.
According to the affidavit filed by investigators, the couple – together for 15 years – may have been dead for several days before police found them.
Enders’ body was in a reclining chair while Pitoy’s naked body rested on the stair landing. Both had multiple stab wounds and stab wounds and blunt trauma wounds.
A distant family
According to the affidavit, John Gofus, a friend of Enders and Pitoy, told investigators that Enders was estranged from one of his two daughters, Terry, and had a strained relationship with Sherry Heffernan.
He had not seen Heffernan in the house for more than two years, investigators said.
Sherry was upset that her father had not used her as a real estate broker in the sale of the house, according to the affidavit.
The friend also told investigators that Enders changed his will over the past month to remove the two girls. The affidavit does not say whether Heffernan was aware of the change in the will, but the friend told police he knew she was “unhappy” with the sale of the house.
After Heffernan’s arrest, his son told Pennsylvania State Police that he last saw his grandfather in May during his graduation ceremony, according to the affidavit.
Heffernan’s son told police he and his mother believed Pitoy was a “gold digger” who was pushing for the house to be sold.
He confirmed that the motorhome parked in front of their house belonged to his mother and that she had traveled to LBI to visit her father on Tuesday, September 28.
Surveillance cameras capture Sherry Heffernan’s travels
Surveillance cameras captured Heffernan heading towards LBI in his campervan, a 2003 Ford Winnebago, on the Highway 72 bridge before dawn on Wednesday, September 29, according to the affidavit.
Other cameras captured the motorhome heading towards her father’s house while video of Ring was found showing it in the backyard of a nearby house, police said.
Other videos show her leaving LBI and an automatic license plate reader taped her on Garden State Parkway, police said.
Detectives from the Ocean County Sheriff’s Office later found numerous bloodstains on the RV carpet, officials said.
No contact for several days results in a well-being assessment
The request for the welfare check came from Pitoy’s daughter, who last spoke to her mother on Friday, September 24.
On Saturday October 2, Pitoy’s daughter called Heffernan, who gave her a phone number that turned out not to work.
Pitoy’s daughter tried to call four times without success on October 3, then called the police to request the welfare check.
Police found blood splattered throughout the house, including on the railing, back door handle, drawers, cabinets and a closet door handle.
There were also several bloody footprints and shoe prints as well as a discarded rubber glove, police said.
A tooth was found in the bedroom.
Enders and Pitoy lost “massive” amounts of blood, officials said.
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