Sunbury police chief: We take all allegations and leads very seriously


SUNBURY — The national attention gained by the newlywed killers in Sunbury soared over the weekend following a jailhouse interview. 19-year-old Miranda Barbour of Selinsgrove told Daily Item reporter Francis Scarcella that 42-year-old Troy LaFerrara of Port Trevorton was not her only victim.  “She said you can ask questions and I’m going to answer them,” said Scarcella.  “I said there is a lot of people out there wondering have you ever done this before?  Her exact response to me was, less than 100 times.”  During the interview Barbour said she had previously killed at least 22 people across the country as part of her involvement in a satanic cult. Sunbury Police Chief Stephen Mazzeo says…

Request granted for Barbour psychiatrist


SUNBURY – A request to have a forensic psychiatrist interview Elytte Barbour has been granted by Northumberland County Judge Charles Saylor. The murder suspect was in court yesterday after his attorney Jim Best of Sunbury asked to have an expert evaluate the competency of Barbour. The evaluation could cost the county about $10,000.   Barbour is charged with the murder of 42-year-old Troy LaFerrara of Port Trevorton, along with his 19-year-old wife Miranda Barbour. Elytte Barbour is incarcerated at the Columbia County Prison. Miranda Barbour remains in the Northumberland County Prison and was scheduled for a pre-trial court hearing today, but that proceeding was postponed. (Ali Stevens)

Sunbury police search murder suspects home


SUNBURY – Sunbury police spent more than two hours Thursday searching the home of Elytte and Miranda Barbour, who are accused of stabbing and strangling to death 42-year-old Troy LaFerrara of Port Trevorton. Police arrived at the home on North Water Street in Selinsgrove around 4:30 p.m. and confiscated boxes and bags from the home.   Police have not indicated what they have removed from the home. This is the second time they have searched the home following the murder in Sunbury on November 11th. Both Miranda and Elytte Barbour have court hearings next week for their roles in the murder. (Ali Stevens)

Newlyweds just wanted to kill


SUNBURY — Newlyweds Miranda and Elyette Barbour had tried to kill others before, but the plan didn’t work out.  So says the criminal complaint that details  the stabbing death of 42-year-old Troy LaFerrara of Port Trevorton. The North Carolina couple, who had just recently moved to Selinsgrove, strangled and stabbed LaFerrara November 11, before leaving his body along Catawissa Avenue in Sunbury. “If the affidavit is correct, they just wanted to kill somebody together on the gentleman’s birthday.  The girl advertised on Craigslist, she met LaFerrara and they arranged for a meet.  They met with him and stabbed him to death,” says Sunbury Police Chief Steve Mazzeo. Miranda Barbour was arrested Tuesday and is in…

VIDEO HERE: 18-year-old charged in Sunbury homicide


Video of 18-year-old Miranda Barbour being led into her arraignment in Sunbury: SUNBURY – A Selinsgrove woman is in jail after being accused of a fatal stabbing in Sunbury.  18-year-old Miranda Barbour is facing charges of criminal homicide, aggravated assault, simple assault and possession of an instrument of crime for the death of 42-year-old Troy LaFerrara of Port Trevorton.  Barbour was questioned by police Monday and released after claiming she did not know LaFerrara.  Then, according to police, Barbour returned to the Selinsgrove State Police barracks around 3:30 Tuesday morning and asked to speak with an investigator. According to the criminal complaint, Barbour told police that she met LaFerrara on the website Craigslist.  They arranged to…

Mazzeo says homicide case “evolves daily”


SUNBURY – Sunbury Police Chief Stephen Mazzeo says the Troy LaFerrara homicide is the most complicated murder case he has dealt with as chief of the Sunbury Police Department. He adds that the case “evolves daily”. Sources tell us LaFerrara of Port Trevorton was deeply involved in the adult entertainment industry, both online and locally, but it’s not clear if this had anything to do with his homicide. Mazzeo would not confirm this. He does say half of the Sunbury Police Department is actively investigating the murder of LaFerrara, who was found dead in Sunbury 10 days ago. Sources also tell us Snyder County is involved in the investigation, since LaFerrara could have been killed…