LBI Double Slaying: Why Police Think Woman Killed Dad, Girlfriend
Court documents released in the case of the Pennsylvania woman suspected of fatally stabbing her elderly father and his girlfriend in his bayfront Surf City home show that a change in the father's will may have caused his daughter's actions.
Sherry Lee Heffernan, a real estate agent from Chester County, Pa., charged with fatally stabbing her elderly father and his girlfriend in his multimillion-dollar LBI house had been cut out of the man's will, court documents show.
Heffernan, 55, told her 87-year-old father, John Enders, she wanted to be the broker for his $1.9 million Surf City home and got "disgruntled" when he refused, according to a police affidavit obtained by NJ.com.
A friend of Enders and his girlfriend, Francoise Pitoy, 75, told police Enders had amended his will within the past month, cutting out Heffernan and his other estranged daughter in the process.
The couple was found dead with "multiple obvious stab wounds" inside Enders' home Sunday, Oct 3 after Surf City Police were called to conduct a welfare check, the Ocean County Prosecutor's Office said.
Investigators found a gruesome scene inside the residence, with blood splattered in several locations and a discarded rubber glove on the stairs.
Surveillance camera footage shows a white RV similar to a Winnebago that Heffernan owns pulling up to her father's North 7th Street home on Wed, Sept. 29 — then leaving about an hour later with its headlights off, NJ.com reported.
Pa.State police later found what appeared to be dried blood on the Winnebago's carpet, the affidavit shows.
The documents show that Heffernan's son, Joseph told investigators that his mother left Pennsylvania to visit her father last Tuesday or Wednesday during a "midnight dash." according to the affidavit.
"I can't believe she did this," the son told police, saying she had been the only one who drove the RV in the past two weeks.
Heffernan is awaiting extradition to New Jersey on two counts of murder and unlawful possession of a weapon.