Vigil to be held for murdered parents

July 27, 2008:

Elbridge, New York (WSYR-TV) – A Vigil will be held today to honor the lives of Joseph Bisesi Jr. and his wife Jo-Ellen. The couple was found murdered last week at their Elbridge home.

Members of the Christ Episcopal Church are holding the vigil. It begins at 3 o’clock at the Seymour Loft Park on Sandbank Road in Elbridge. That’s the same road the Bisesis lived on.

Joseph and Jo-Ellen were found shot to death at their home on Tuesday July 22nd. Jo-Ellen’s body was in the home’s septic tank. Joseph’s body was dismembered and his torso was also in found in the septic tank.

Police have charged the couple’s son, Joseph Bisesi III, with the crime. Investigators are still trying to uncover a motive. Meanwhile the 27-year-old is being held without bail and is charged with first degree murder. He is scheduled to be back in court Monday.

July 25, 2008:

Elbridge, New York (WSYR-TV) – This Sunday, July 27, a vigil will be held for Joseph Bisesi Jr. and Jo Ellen Bisesi.

It will be held at Seymour Lofft Park in Elbridge at 3:00 p.m. Seymour Lofft Park is located on Sandbank Road, just off Route 5.

July 24, 2008:

Syracuse, New York (WSYR-TV) – In a statement released Thursday, the Onondaga County Medical Examiner’s office says Joseph Bisesi Jr. and Jo Ellen Bisesi died of multiple gunshot and shotgun wounds, and that all of their remains have been recovered.

State police are still looking into what led Joseph Bisesi III to shoot his parents to death, and dispose of them in the septic tank at the Bisesis’ Sandbank Road home in Elbridge.

July 23, 2008:

Joseph Bisesi III, outside Elbridge Town Court on Wednesday, July 22. (WSYR-TV)

Joseph Bisesi III, outside Elbridge Town Court on Wednesday, July 22. (WSYR-TV)

Elbridge, New York (WSYR-TV) – New details have been released in the case of an Elbridge man arrested and charged with the murder of his parents. Joseph Bisesi III, 27, is accused of killing Joseph Bisesi Jr., 54, and JoEllen Bisesi, 53.

State Police say William Kirby, Joseph and JoEllen’s nephew, went to the police barracks in Elbridge Tuesday afternoon, and told police he had seen a torso at the Bisesi’s home at 5879 Sandbank Road.

Kirby told police Joseph and JoEllen’s daughter Gina, who did not live with them, said she had not been able to get in contact with the couple since early Sunday morning, and they had not been seen since then.

Police say they went to the home on Sandbank Road, where they found a male torso protruding from the plastic stand pipe covering of the septic tank. They also found that Joseph III, who lived with his parents at the home, was missing, along with a vehicle registered to his mother.

An all-points bulletin was issued for Joseph Bisesi III and the vehicle, and a short time later he turned himself in at the Onondaga County Sheriff’s Office. State Police say he then explained his involvement in his parents’ disappearance, was interviewed by police and revealed the location of their bodies.

Court documents state that at about 8 p.m. Sunday, Joseph III shot both his parents multiple times with a .22-caliber rifle and 12-gauge shotgun.

He allegedly placed his mother’s body in the septic tank and dismembered his father’s body to also place it in the tank.

Bisesi III was arrested Tuesday, charged with murder in the first degree, arraigned in Elbridge Town Court and sent to the Onondaga County Justice Center with no bail.

Wednesday, a family member told NewsChannel 9 that JoEllen Bisesi was scared of her son; he says his aunt and uncle had been living more often at their camp, to give their son more space.

Investigators wouldn’t say what the motive might have been in the killings; all police would say is that they had been called before to the house, where he lived with his parents


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