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
Sherry Lee Heffernan, 55, was arrested on October 4 in Landenberg, in southeastern Pennsylvania just north of the Maryland state line. Prosecutors in Ocean County, New Jersey, said she faces two murder counts and two weapons counts and is to be extradited.
The bodies of 87-year-old John Enders and 75-year-old Francoise Pitoy of Manchester were discovered on October 3 at his home in Surf City. Police said both had suffered stab wounds and Enders also was determined to have suffered blunt force trauma.
Heffernan appeared before a Chester County judge on Friday and agreed to waive her rights regarding extradition, the Daily Local News of West Chester reported. She said she would have surrendered herself in New Jersey ‘if I had known I was wanted for something.’
As she was led from the courtroom in handcuffs and shackles after the brief hearing, a reporter asked if she wanted to say anything about the charges against her. ‘Not guilty,’ she said. ‘I’m being framed.’
Heffernan did not explain whom she suspects of framing her, or why.
New Jersey authorities alleged that Heffernan was upset with her father because she had been cut out of his will, and also because he would not let her sell his $1.9million home.
They claimed that she traveled to the home on Long Beach Island in her Winnebago recreational vehicle the night of September 29. The bodies were found after Pitoy’s daughter said she had not heard from her mother and was worried.
Before being returned to New Jersey, Heffernan must face retail theft and receiving stolen property charges in neighboring Montgomery County since failing to appear for hearings following an October 2019 arrest by Upper Providence police, the newspaper reported.
Pitoy (pictured) was stabbed multiple times alongside her boyfriend, Heffernan’s father, on the morning of September 29
Court records obtained last week by NJ.com describe a grisly scene inside Enders’ house, with bloodstains in multiple places, as well as bloody footprints and shoe prints, a bloody rubber glove on the staircase, and more blood on a fence post.
When police arrived at the residence around 4pm on Sunday to perform a welfare check on the couple, ‘it was readily apparent they were deceased,’ and had ‘multiple obvious stab wounds,’ a statement released by police said.
Enders also was determined to have suffered a severed carotid artery and blunt force trauma.
According to the documents, investigators interviewed a friend of Enders, who told them that the man had recently amended his living will to exclude Heffernan and her sister, from whom he was estranged.
The friend also said that Heffernan, who worked as a real estate agent, wanted to act as a broker on the sale of her father’s house, but he would not let her, leaving the woman ‘disgruntled.’
Court records alleged that on the morning of September 29, Heffernan got into her Winnebago RV and drove to her father’s house.
A neighbor’s Ring camera captured the RV near Enders’ home and a person walking towards the door before 6am.
Less than an hour later, the camera caught a person wearing oversized clothes jumping a backyard fence.
Enders’ friend told police Hefferan had recently been written out of her father’s will and was angry because he would not let her act as his broker in the sale of his $1.9million house on the Jersey Shore (pictured)
Heffernan was arrested by the Pennsylvania State Police on October 4 at her home, where police found a white Winnebago RV matching the description of the vehicle spotted near Enders’ house.
A search of the RV revealed multiple red spots believed to be dried blood, according to the documents.
Heffernan’s son was interviewed by the police, saying: ‘I can’t believe she did this.’ The man allegedly said his mother was the only one who drove the RV in the last two weeks.
The son reportedly said that both he and Heffernan blamed Pitoy for pressing Enders to sell the house because they believed the 75-year-old woman was a ‘gold digger’ who was after his money.
John Gofus, a neighbor and friend of the slain couple, told 6abc that Enders and Pitoy had been together for 19 years.
‘They were great together. She could care less what he had or what he didn’t have,’ said Gofus. ‘They were meant for each other.’
Heffernan is being held at Chester County Prison in Pennsylvania until she will be extradited to an Ocean County jail upon her return to New Jersey for her detention hearing.
‘The cooperative investigation ultimately determined that Heffernan, Mr. Enders’ daughter, was responsible for the deaths of both Mr. Enders and Ms. Pitoy,’ Prosecutor Bradley Billhimer stated.
‘This truly was a team effort in terms of the depth and comprehensiveness of this investigation,’ he said. ‘These detectives combed through the evidence to ultimately determine that Heffernan did, in fact, cause the deaths of Mr. Enders and Ms. Pitoy.’
Ocean County Sheriff’s Department found the pair with various stab wounds and determined Enders’ death to be from ‘multiple stab wounds with severance of the right carotid artery and blunt force trauma.’ Pitoy’s is scheduled for today
After finding the couple in Ender’s home (pictured), Heffernan has since been sent to Chester County Prison in Pennsylvania. It is unclear when she will be extradited to New Jersey
Law enforcement did not disclose a motive for the murder
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.
Heffernan has an inactive case for two misdemeanor charges in a Pennsylvania court for retail theft for taking merchandise and receiving stolen property that occurred in October 2019. She has also pleaded guilty for a September 2019 traffic violation.
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.