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Woman, 55, arrested ‘for stabbing her dad, 87, and his lover, 75, to death in their $1.9m home’

Woman, 55, is arrested ‘for stabbing her dad, 87, and his lover, 75, to death in their $1.9m Jersey Shore home five months after he moved its ownership from a trust to his name’

  • Sherry Heffernan, 55, faces two murder counts and two weapons counts
  • Heffernan is accused of stabbing to death her father, John Enders, 87, and the man’s girlfriend, Francoise Pitoy, 75 
  • Victims were likely killed on September 29, but their bodies were not discovered inside Enders’ $1.9million Surf City, New Jersey, home, until Sunday 
  • Autopsy found Enders suffered a severed carotid artery and blunt force trauma
  • Property records indicate that Enders moved ownership of his six-bedroom, four-bath waterfront home from a trust status to his own name in May 2021 


Sherry Heffernan, 55, faces two murder counts and two weapons counts for allegedly stabbing to death her father, John Enders, 87, and the man’s girlfriend, Francoise Pitoy, 75

A woman stabbed her elderly father and his lover to death at their $1.9m Jersey Shore home five months after he moved the property from a trust into his name, police say.   

Sherry Lee, 55, was arrested in Landenberg, Pennsylvania, on Monday for the murders of her dad John Enders, 87, and Enders’ partner Francoise Pitoy, 75.

They were killed at Enders’ oceanfront mansion in Surf City, New Jersey, on September 29, with the couple’s bodies discovered late Sunday afternoon after police were called out to perform a welfare check on them.  

Heffernan faces two murder counts and two weapons counts and was being held in Pennsylvania pending extradition to New Jersey

Police said both victims had sustained multiple stab wounds, and Enders also was determined to have suffered a severed carotid artery and blunt force trauma. An autopsy on Pitoy was scheduled for Tuesday.

‘We were able to determine very early on in the investigation that there was no immediate danger to the public,’ stated Ocean County Prosecutor Bradley Billhimer. ‘From there, these detectives went to work doing their absolute best to solve these horrific crimes.’ 

The victims were likely killed on September 29, but their bodies were not discovered inside Enders' $1.9million Surf City, New Jersey, home (pictured), until Sunday

The victims were likely killed on September 29, but their bodies were not discovered inside Enders’ $1.9million Surf City, New Jersey, home (pictured), until Sunday

Enders, a construction company boss, owned the home and was in a relationship with Pitoy, who lived in Manchester, according to Surf City police and the Ocean County prosecutor’s office.

Law enforcement officials have not disclosed a possible motive behind the grisly double homicide. 

Property records obtained by Asbury Park Press indicate that Enders moved ownership of his six-bedroom, four-bath waterfront home from a trust status to his own name in May 2021. 

It is unclear what his future plans for the property were.  

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