Florida police use DNA to reignite search for Toronto couple's killers
Florida police are now using DNA technology to piece together a composite sketch of a suspect they believe is involved in the slaying of a Toronto couple in their winter home three years ago.
Hallandale Beach Police say the asphyxiation of David Pichosky, 72, and Rochelle Wise, 66, is not considered a cold case, but after exhausting potential suspect and witness lists since the grisly homicide Jan. 9, 2013, they are now turning to the public to identify this sketch.
The sketch is of a woman in her 40s, who is described as white and likely from Southeast Europe from regions such as Kosovo or Bosnia. She has brown/hazel eyes and brown hair.
Another hand-drawn sketch of a second female suspect – who was captured on security video behind the home a day before the murder – was also shown to media.
“We're just one lead away from solving this case,” Hallandale Beach Police Chief Dwayne Flournoy told reporters Thursday in Florida. “I know the (technology) is fairly new. Fifty agencies have used it and my understanding is only seven have released a composite sketch. It's a tool that law enforcement can use to narrow the field.”
Flournoy said they are working with Toronto Police as well as the New York Police Department, based on a tip they received.
Investigators have to date found a shoe print lifted from the scene of an Adidas “Nova” sneaker, which went out of production in 2002.
The reward is set at $3,000 US.
Police won't outright say the culprits were targeting the snowbirds, but did describe Wise's $16,000 stolen diamond ring as unique because it was designed with a clasp built into it as health problems prohibited her from slipping the ring over her knuckle.