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December 7, 2013

Young newlyweds charged with Craigslist murder

Police investigate other possible killings tied to suspects

SUNBURY, Pa. — Authorities said Saturday they’re investigating possible other murders by a young married couple charged with luring a central Pennsylvania man to his death with an adult companionship ad on Craigslist.

Elytte Barbour, 22, and his wife of seven weeks, Miranda  Barbour, 18, recent residents of nearby Selinsgrove, Pa., were arrested this week for the stabbing death of Troy LaFerrara, 42, of Port Trevorton, Pa., a month ago and dumping his body in an alley here, said Sunbury Police Chief Steve Mazzeo.

Police said Elytte Barbour confessed the couple had been planning a thrill killing for some time with adult companionship ads for wealthy men on Craigslist but couldn’t pull it off until the encounter with LaFerrara.

A police affidavit in the case said Elytte Barbour told investigators he hid under a blanket in the backseat of the couple's SUV when they picked up LaFerrara at a Selinsgrove mall Nov. 11, driving him to an isolated location in Sunbury. Barbour said he then wrapped a cord around the unsuspecting victim’s neck to restrain him while his wife stabbed him 20 times with a knife and took his wallet.

Afterward, Barbour told investigators, they dumped LaFerrara’s body in a dark alleyway, purchased cleaning materials to remove blood stains from the SUV, and spent the rest of the night celebrating Barbour’s birthday at a strip club in the state capital of Harrisburg.

The murder went unsolved for more than three weeks, but investigators eventually traced the last call received on the victim’s cellphone to Miranda Barbour’s cellphone. She was charged with LaBerrara’s death Wednesday. Her husband was arrested and charged on Friday.

Police said Miranda Barbour is the mother of an 18-month-old child, and that Elytte Barbour told investigators the biological father had died before the couple moved to central Pennsylvania from North Carolina.

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