Police: $16K Ring Possible Motive In Deaths Of Hallandale Snowbirds

HALLANDALE BEACH (CBSMiami) – When Canadian snowbirds David Pichosky and Rochelle Wise were found dead in a Hallandale beach condo in January, police were stumped as to why they were asphyxiated. They now have a strong theory.

“It’s not our only theory – but it’s definitely our leading theory – is that it’s robbery,” said Hallandale Beach Police Chief Dwayne Flournoy.

“It looks like Rochelle Wise’s $16,000 wedding ring may be playing a key role. It’s missing,” Flournoy clarified.

Police said they’ve checked everywhere for the 2.5-carat diamond ring.

“Family does not know where it is. [Rochelle] is known to always wear it and the fact that it turns up missing is a concern to us,” said HBPD Captain Sonia Quinones.

The platinum ring, a size 6.5, has five 0.5-carat diamonds in a half-moon shape. It also has a special mechanism that allows it to open and close over the knuckle.

Police also want to identify a woman seen in surveillance video. She was seen near the Wises’ condo the day before their bodies were found.

(TM and © 2013 CBS Local Media, a division of CBS Radio Inc. CBS RADIO and EYE Logo TM and © 2013 CBS Broadcasting Inc. Used under license. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.)

More from Ted Scouten

More From CBS Miami

Get Set With Lissette
Weather Forecast 24/7

Listen Live