Woman accused of stabbing 87-year-old father, his 75-year-old girlfriend to death

Source: MEGA; Ocean County Prosecutor's Office

Oct. 5 2021, Published 8:07 p.m. ET

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A Pennsylvania woman is accused of stabbing her 87-year-old father and his 75-year-old girlfriend to death, according to prosecutors.

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Sherry Lee Heffernan, 55, was charged with two counts of murder, according to the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office. She was also charged with possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose and unlawful possession of a weapon.

Around 4 p.m. on Oct. 3, officers from the Surf City police in New Jersey responded to a home for a welfare check. When officers went inside, they found John Enders, 87, and Francoise Pitoy, 75, dead. The duo had multiple stab wounds.

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The investigation determined the elderly couple was dating and Pitoy regularly stayed at the home, according to prosecutors.

Police determined Heffernan, Ender’s daughter, was the suspected killer.

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Investigators did not reveal what led them to connect Heffernan to the alleged crimes or a possible motive for the slaying.

Heffernan was arrested at her Pennsylvania home on Oct. 4. She will be held in jail once she is returned to New Jersey, prosecutors said.


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