A Pennsylvania lady has been arrested for fatally stabbing her aged father and his girlfriend inside their upscale bayfront residence on the Jersey Shore final Wednesday, authorities mentioned.
Sherry Lee Heffernan, 55, was charged Tuesday with two counts of homicide for the “focused assault” of her 87-year-old father, John Enders, and his 75-year-old girlfriend, Francoise Pitoy, in accordance with the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Workplace. Prosecutors, who’ve but to disclose a motive, mentioned Pitoy usually stayed with Enders at his six-bedroom, waterfront residence on the north finish of Lengthy Seashore Island in New Jersey.
Heffernan, who was additionally charged with two counts of possession of a weapon in reference to the Sept. 29 murders, was taken into custody on Monday by the Pennsylvania State Police at her residence about an hour exterior of Philadelphia. As soon as extradited to New Jersey, she will probably be housed on the Ocean County Jail pending a detention listening to. It was not instantly clear if Heffernan has a lawyer.
Authorities say that whereas they consider Heffernan killed her father and his girlfriend final Wednesday, they didn’t uncover their our bodies till Oct. 3—when Surf Metropolis cops carried out a welfare verify at Enders’ residence on North seventh Avenue.
Property information present Enders moved possession of the house to his identify from a belief standing in Might. Several real estate sites record the six-bedroom residence on Barnegat Bay for at least $1.9 million. Enders additionally has a house in Pennsylvania.
As soon as inside, officers discovered Enders and Pitoy, who appeared to have “suffered a number of apparent stab wounds.” The Ocean County Medical Examiner later decided that Enders died from “a number of stab wounds with severance of the precise carotid artery and blunt drive trauma,” in accordance with prosecutors. His demise has been dominated a murder.
A autopsy examination on Pitoy is scheduled for Tuesday afternoon.
“We have been capable of decide very early on within the investigation that there was no instant hazard to the general public. From there, these detectives went to work doing their best possible to unravel these horrific crimes. Each legislation enforcement officer concerned on this investigation has my profound gratitude,” Billhimer added.