Toronto Jewish Couple Asphyxiated, Florida Police Say

This piece first appeared in The Times of Israel.

imagesAn elderly Jewish man and woman were asphyxiated while in their Florida townhouse, police said Wednesday, revealing the first details of the investigation since the grisly double murder in early January.

Rochelle Wise and David (Donny) Pichosky, retirees from Toronto. who resided in Hallandale Beach, Florida, during the winter months, were found dead on the evening of January 10. A neighbor used a key to enter their home due to concern over the couple having missed a lunch date scheduled for the day before.

Hallandale Beach Police Chief Dwayne Flournoy revealed at a press conference on Wednesday that the medical examiner had ruled the deaths homicide by asphyxiation. Flournoy declined to provide further details about the cause or time of death.

Wise, 66, was a respected and loved educator whose last position was as the preschool director at Toronto’s Bialik Hebrew Day School. She and Pichosky, 71, had been married for four years.

Despite some progress in the investigation, the perpetrators have not yet been apprehended. The family of the victims has put out a plea for help from the public, and Crime Stoppers has issued a $51,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of suspects.

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© 2013 Renee Ghert-Zand. All rights reserved.

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