RSS Feed

Florida police head to Toronto to learn more about slain couple


FACEBOOK David Pichosky, 71, and Rochelle Wise, 66, of Toronto, were found dead in their Hallandale Beach, Fla., townshouse on Jan. 10. No arrests have been made in their murders.

Karissa Donkin and Dylan C. Robertson
Staff Reporters

Police investigators from Hallandale Beach, Fla., are coming here to learn more about murdered Toronto residents David “Donny” Pichosky and Rochelle Wise.

Pichosky, 71, and Wise, 66, were found dead in their Hallandale Beach condo earlier this month. Hundreds attended the couple’s funeral service in Toronto last week.

Hallandale Beach Mayor Joy Cooper said the city’s police chief told her officers would be travelling to Toronto as part of the probe.

“They are investigating this thoroughly,” Cooper said.

She said she wanted to thank Mayor Rob Ford and Councillor Doug Ford who reached out to her and offered “the (Toronto) chief of police and all their assistance to solve this crime.”

Hallandale Beach Police Chief Dwayne Flournoy told the Sun-Sentinel newspaper that police would be here Sunday and Monday to meet with Toronto police and the couple’s family.

Flournoy told the Sun-Sentinel he’s “extremely happy” with where the case is now and said investigators have been purposely quiet about it. Police haven’t offered many details about what happened to Pichosky and Wise, including the cause of their deaths.

Cooper said about 100 residents who live near the couple’s condo attended a meeting Tuesday, where police reassured them the neighbourhood is safe despite the double murder.

Those assurances haven’t made France Chouinard, a Montreal woman who lives next door to the couple’s Florida condo, feel any safer.

“It’s been two weeks and police still won’t tell us anything,” she told the Star. “This is traumatizing.”

On the day the couple’s bodies were found, Chouinard had noticed their newspaper sitting outside. That night, she said, police told her the couple had died the day before.

“They said not to leave, not even through the back doors,” she said. “I was out shopping when it happened. You start asking yourself, ‘Could it have been me?’ You go crazy just thinking about it.”

She didn’t get much sleep that night.

“We’ve never seen anything like this here. How could this happen?”

Chouinard remembers Pichosky and Wise jogging in the morning near the gated community. Now, neighbours are putting up security cameras and she leaves her lights on through the night. – News

None found.