By Carolyn Berardino
On December 12, 2007, Nancy Bochicchio picked her 7-year-old daughter Joey up from school early to take her to a doctor’s appointment. According to the Sun Sentinel, the pair had plans to meet up with a friend of Joey’s from school and her family later that night so the girls could rehearse lines from a Christmas play, where Joey was set to play a reindeer.
After the doctor’s appointment, around 2:00 p.m., Nancy and Joey stopped at the mall. They shopped for just over an hour and were seen leaving the Sears exit of the Town Center mall at 3:11 p.m.
At this point, the mother and daughter encountered someone who forced Nancy to drive her SUV to a nearby ATM, withdrawing $500. Video surveillance shows Nancy at 3:19 p.m. at the ATM, with people in her back seat.
Nancy then drove back to the mall. Just before midnight, a security guard at the mall found Nancy’s 2007 Chrysler Aspen with the engine running. Nancy and Joey were found dead inside the car, having been restrained with handcuffs and zip ties, and wearing blacked out swimming googles over their eyes. They were killed with a single gunshot to the head.
In 2019, Boca Raton Police Department Captain Matthew Duggan told Newsradio 1290 WJNO, “We need to keep this in the mind of the public. We need to keep this out there, because we firmly believe that somebody knows something.”
A few months earlier, in August 2007, another mother, this time with her 2-year-old son, were kidnapped at the same mall, taken by gunpoint to a nearby ATM to withdraw $1,600, and driven back to the mall parking lot. In this incident, the mother and son survived, but police think the crime was likely committed by the same person. The FBI thinks there may be other victims who survived a similar ordeal.
Also earlier that year, on March 23, 2007, Randi Gorenberg, a 52 year old mom of two, was carjacked after a day of shopping at the same mall. According to the South Florida Sun Sentinel, she was shot to death and dumped behind a civic center near Delray Beach. Investigators are looking into whether her murder is connected to Nancy and Joey’s as well.
Police have spoken with persons of interest in Nancy and Joey’s case, but the murders remain unsolved. There is a $400,000 reward for information, the highest in Florida history. If you have any information, please call Crime Stoppers of Palm Beach County at 1-800-458- TIPS or the Boca Raton Police Department’s anonymous tip line at (561) 416-3350.