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Ryan Ross, Asbury Park Press
SURF CITY – The suspect accused of killing her father and girlfriend at a Long Beach Island house regularly disagreed with him and has been excluded from her will, according to a probable cause affidavit obtained by Asbury Park Press.
Sherry Lee Heffernan, 55, of Landenberg, Pa., Was arrested Tuesday after investigators questioned her son and found evidence that put her at the crime scene, the affidavit states. She was charged with two counts of murder in addition to weapons-related offenses, officials said.
During a welfare check requested by the victim’s daughter on October 3, district police found the body of John Enders, 87, sitting on a recliner, and Françoise Pitoy, 75 , on the landing of the stairs, both with multiple stab wounds and lacerated wounds, as well as multiple wounds consistent with blunt trauma. They were both pronounced dead at the scene, authorities said.
Pitoy’s daughter told police the couple had been together for 15 years.
A neighbor who was friends with the couple told police Heffernan regularly disagreed with her father and was not included in her will after it was amended last month, the affidavit states. He added that she was a real estate agent and that Enders had chosen another real estate agent to sell her house, which had a pending sale for $ 1,999,000.
After detectives obtained surveillance footage of the 2003 Ford Winnebago motorhome from Heffernan traveling to and from Long Beach Island and parking outside his father’s residence on North 7th Street in the early morning hours of September 29, police in the The State of Pennsylvania interviewed her son who revealed more details about the family’s conflict and his mother’s plot, according to the affidavit.
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He told authorities that he and his mother believed Pitoy was a “gold digger” and suspected that was the reason Enders was selling the house, the affidavit states. He then revealed that his mother had been to LBI in her campervan the previous Tuesday or Wednesday and was staying up late every night because she was thinking about how she “needed to do something. “, according to the affidavit.
Heffernan did not tell her son what the purpose of the trip was, according to the affidavit, but did mention that she stopped by her father’s house.
After obtaining a search warrant for the Heffernan motorhome, detectives found dried blood on the carpet of the vehicle before obtaining an arrest warrant and apprehending it on Tuesday, October 5.
Nicolas Fernandes is the late morning journalist. A lifelong New Jersey resident, he previously worked as a news editor and sports reporter. Contact him at 732-540-4401 or [email protected]