Elderly couple found dead inside home
HALLANDALE BEACH, Fla. (WSVN) -- Police are investigating the death of an elderly couple found inside their townhouse.
Friday morning, crime scene tape blocked off the couple's home. They were later identified as 72-year-old David Pichosky and 67-year-old Rochelle Wise, who vacation at the home from Canada during the winter. According to some Canadian publications, the couple had only recently married and Wise was a retired school vice-principal.
Hallandale Beach Police received a call at around 6 p.m. Thursday after a couple was found dead inside their townhouse at the Venetian Park apartment complex, Thursday.
According to police, the couple was scheduled to have lunch with neighbors but never made it. Neighbors then went to check up on the couple and found them dead. "They had a key to the apartment, so when they went in, they found two persons inside, their friends, deceased," said Hallandale Beach Police Captain Sonia Quinones.
Police said the couple did not die from natural causes or from suicide. "Foul play is suspected." said Quinones. The officer did not specify how the couple were killed.
This is a small community filled with retirees, and the suspicious deaths has left residents on edge and in disbelief. "Thank God I lock my doors," said neighbor Adrienne Laboncarda. "As soon as I get in the house, my lock goes on."
Laboncarda expressed uncertainty as to how this crime could have happened. "I live a few doors down and we walked our dogs [together]; we really don't know what it could be," she said.
"I'm devastated. I can't believe it. I'm really shocked," said neighbor Camille Consiglio.
Neighbors said the couple was Canadian and retired. "They seemed like they were a happy couple," added Consiglio.
The couple has a daughter who lives in New York City.
Late Thursday night, investigators left the couple's home in biohazard suits. An officer towed away the couple's Lexus from the scene.
Police have no suspects in this case and continue to investigate. The spent Friday morning canvassing the neighborhood, asking residents if they saw anything suspicious.
If you have any information on these deaths or saw any suspicious activity in the neighborhood, call Broward County Crime Stoppers at 954-493-TIPS. Remember, you can always remain anonymous, and you may be eligible for a reward.
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