New details: Toronto couple died of asphyxiation
HALLANDALE BEACH, Fla. (WSVN) -- Authorities are releasing new details in the murder mystery of a Canadian couple who spent their winters in South Florida.
At a press conference on Wednesday, Hallandale Beach Police said the couple was either strangled or smothered and they are now searching for more than one killer. The reward for an anonymous tip that would lead to arrests has been increased to $51,000.
The bodies of David Pichosky, 72, and Rochelle Wise, 67, were discovered inside their townhouse Jan. 10 by friends who were supposed to meet for lunch.
Police still want to speak to the woman who was seen on surveillance video near the couple's home.
Family and friends said the couple met about four years ago and fell in love. "They finally found love and they were just starting to taste some of the benefits of hard work that we all do during our life," said Jamie Wise, one of the victim's sons. "So, it's so sad on so many levels, because it's senseless and the wrong time as she was starting to get a moment to enjoy herself and her life with Donny--hard to understand."
"Those perpetrators and those people that are responsible for this, their freedom is short lived. As the details come out, I believe the public will be shocked just to know how senseless this murder was," said Hallandale Beach Police Chief Dwayne Flournoy. "It's a sad, sad situation that this couple, [who] found themselves together later in life, had to die this way."
If you have any information on this double murder, call Broward County Crime Stoppers at 954-493-TIPS. Remember, you can always remain anonymous, and you may be eligible for a $51,000 reward.
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