The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA


December 10, 2013

Police search home of Homicide Honeymoon suspects

SELINSGROVE — Investigators arrived at the home of Elytte and Miranda Barbour late Monday afternoon after a Snyder County judge issued a search warrant to collect evidence, authorities said.

Officers from Sunbury and Selinsgrove police along with Selinsgrove state police gathered at 101 N. Water St. on Monday and stayed for less than an hour while gathering evidence. Sunbury police Chief Steve Mazzeo said the search warrant was used to gather evidence from the home but he declined to say what officers were hoping to find.

Elytte Barbour, 22, and Miranda Barbour, 18, were arrested last week, just three days apart, in the fatal stabbing of Troy LaFerrara, 42, of Port Trevorton, after police say the couple decided to kill the married man of two years because, “they wanted to kill someone together.”

Sunbury Cpl. Jamie Quinn and officer Travis Bremigen were entering the Barbour residence with help from troopers from Selinsgove.

A short time later, authorities left with a bag.

Investigators would not say what the bag contained, but Miranda Barbour told police she used a knife to stab LaFerrara and days later she tossed it into the Susquehanna River at Selinsgrove, according to court documents.

She also said she knew the exact spot where the knife was thrown in the water, police said.

Police have not commented on whether they found the knife or what size the knife could have been.

Elytte Barbour told The Daily Item last week that he kept a 3-inch pocket knife in his vehicle for protection and that Miranda Barbour knew it was there.

The knife was kept for Miranda Barbour to defend herself with in case something were to go wrong during any meetings she would have with men while she was operating a companionship business, her husband said.  

Bremigen and Quinn declined to comment on the search warrant that was issued Monday and said the investigation is ongoing.

Neighbors are still in shock about what is becoming of their normally quiet street.

“This is just mind-boggling,” a woman said. “I used to see them outside but they never spoke to anyone.”

Another neighbor said she would see Elytte smoking on the roof. “He would sit up there by himself,” she said. “I also saw him in the yard a lot playing with a little girl.”

One neighbor recalled seeing Miranda Barbour on Dec.2 running out of the residence and into her red Honda CRV with her husband.

“They had the baby in the car and she came running out and they took off,” he said. “I didn’t think anything of it, but who knows now.”

Police arriving at the residence is becoming a common practice, a man said.

“They have been here a lot,” he said. “I think we are all starting to get used to them showing up. I just hope this all calms down now. We are becoming the talk of the world.”

Elytte Barbour is due to appear in front of Sunbury District Judge Ben Apfelbaum on Dec. 17, while Miranda Barbour is scheduled to be in court on Dec. 20.

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