PEMBROKE PINES(CBS4)—Police are searching South Florida for a former Pembroke Pines resident with prosthetic legs who is a “person-of-interest” in the murder of his adoptive parents this week at their Orlando home.
CBS4’s Peter D’Oench learned the victims had lived in a home on SW 11th St. and SW 70th Ave. near North Perry Airport in Pembroke Pines for 18 years before they moved to Orlando.
“I’m astounded. I have no words for this. I have absolutely no words for this,”said Donna Farmer, a neighbor who was close friends with the Petrozzinos.
Farmer told D’Oench, “I can’t even imagine why he would do something like this. I knew they were estranged but he got along with her. I can’t imagine what would have caused this. She’s a teacher, a 2nd grade teacher. He’s the nicest man in the world and they lived for that child.”
Authorities in Orange County said 64-year-old school Nancy Petrozzino and her husband, 63-year-old Michael Petrozzino, were found dead inside their home Tuesday morning from multiple gunshot wounds.
Authorities say their adopted son, Sean Petrozzino, was seen in surveillance video at a bank Tuesday morning. They say he recently moved back in to his parents’ home.
Investigators believe Petrozzino is now in South Florida and has been driving a red Camry that Farmer said was his father’s car.
Petrozzino reportedly lost his legs and hand, and nearly died in November of 2000 after a vicious case of Meningitis.
Authorities say his parents’ bodies were discovered after one of them did not show up for work. Michael Petrozzino worked at Disney World and Nancy Petrozzino was a beloved 2nd grade teacher at Andover Elementary.
Nancy posted these words on Facebook on Mother’s Day: “Happy Mother’s Day to all my friends and family who are Moms. Thank you Sean, for making me a mom 29 years ago. I love you.”
In Orlando, one neighbor described Nancy Petrozzino as a “very nice teacher” who had a significant impact on her elementary school.
CBS4 has also learned there has been a very active search for Petrozzino in Broward County.
D’Oench stopped at the home of Petrozzino’s mother-in-law in Broward. A family member at the home declined to comment.
Anyone who has seen Petrozzino or his red Camry is urged to call police or Broward Crime Stoppers at (954) 493-TIPS (8477).
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