Police: robbery led to Canadian couple's murder
HALLANDALE BEACH, Fla. (WSVN) -- Police are saying a piece of jewelry may be at the center of the mysterious murder of a Canadian couple in Hallandale Beach.
Sixty-six-year-old Rochelle Wise and her new husband, 71-year-old David Pichosky, were found asphyxiated inside their winter townhouse on Jan. 10.
"They'd finally found love and just starting to taste some of the benefits of hard work that we all do during our life," said Jamie Wise, Rochelle's son, at the time of the murders.
On Wednesday, police announced they had established the motive. "We believe the motive is robbery," said Hallandale Beach Police Capt. Sonia Quinones. "Through cataloging multiple amounts of evidence and property, it was discovered Rochelle's wedding ring is missing. She has been known to always wear the ring," she continued.
Police said someone stole the custom-made, $16,000 wedding band from the townhouse. The ring is a size six-and-a-half with a platinum finish and five half-carat white diamonds in a half-moon shape on the top. The ring also has the letters DCC engraved on the inside and a unique locking mechanism on the base.
Hallandale Beach Police Chief Dwayne Flournoy said, "It may be in [possession of] a secondhand dealer, it may be in a pawn shop. It may be someone unwittingly took possession of the ring. There's still a reward out there, $51,000, for information leading to the arrest of the person involved in this double homicide."
Police would also like to talk to a woman seen walking Jan. 9, near the couple's town home on surveillance video, in case she saw something.
If you have any information on these murders, 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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