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Police release tape of guard's
call from Bochicchio murder site (7/3/08)
Published July 3rd, 2008
By Dale M. King
Boca Raton police have released the two-minute tape of a call made by a Town Center at Boca Raton mall security guard to police after finding Nancy Bochicchio, 47, and her 7-year-old daughter, Joey, shot dead in their idling SUV the morning of Dec. 13, 2007.
Authorities said they hope the recording may stir more clues into the still unsolved crime.
On the tape, the guard tells police he found a black car parked near Sears with two people inside. He said it appeared they were sleeping, but he could not rouse them.
The guard asks police to send a patrol car to the scene to "check the car."
According to reports, the mother and daughter were apparently abducted after leaving the mall during daylight hours on Dec. 12, according to a surveillance tape from a mall security camera. The idling SUV was found sometime after midnight, said police.
A combined task force of detectives from Boca Raton police and the Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office continues to search for the person who bound, robbed and shot the pair. Investigators say the killed may be the same person who shot Randi Gorenberg behind the South County Civic Center in Delray Beach in March 2007 after she was abducted after leaving the mall.
A mother and son were also abducted last summer in the mall parking lot, but the armed abductor did not shoot them.
The three incidents have called attention to security procedures at the mall. The cases have also been re-enacted on "America's Most Wanted" and "Dateline NBC" and is scheduled to be featured on an "E" network program in August.
The city of Boca Raton is still offering a $350,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the suspect. A drawing based on information provided by the woman abducted in August 2007 shows a young man with a flopping hat and ponytail, wearing wrap-around sunglasses.
A man who appeared to match that description was stopped by police at the Aventura Mall recently, but he turned out not to be the suspect, said police.
Dale M. King can be reached at
561-549-0832 or at email@example.com.