Pennsylvania authorities investigating closed case question VSP on Bolton murder accused
ESSEX JUNCTION – As Vermont State Police sought to locate Joseph Ferlazzo for questioning earlier this week about his wife’s disappearance, Pennsylvania law enforcement officials contacted them about her mother’s death in that state, Vermont officials confirmed Thursday.
Ferlazzo, 41, was located Tuesday by a Vermont State Police detective inside a convenience store in St. Albans. On subsequent questioning, he admitted to shooting and killing his wife, Emily Ferlazzo, 22, in a camper van in Bolton and then dismembering her body, police said in a court file.
He has pleaded not guilty to a charge of first degree murder and is being held without bail at the Northwestern State Correctional Center in St. Albans.
Captain Scott Dunlap, chief of the state police’s major crimes unit, said Thursday evening that before Joseph Ferlazzo was located on Tuesday, Pennsylvania law enforcement officials had contacted the Vermont State Police in her case of a years-old homicide in that state that remains unsolved.
The case, which dates back to October 25, 2009, is the stabbing death of Ferlazzo’s mother, Young Hee Lim-Ferlazzo, 39, in Upper Gwynedd Township, just outside of Philadelphia.
His murder remains an open case, Kate Delano, communications director for the Montgomery County District Attorney’s Office, said in an email Thursday afternoon to VTDigger.
“Montgomery County detectives are aware of the murder in Vermont, where the victim’s son is the accused,” Delano said.
She said she couldn’t provide details of an ongoing investigation.
Dunlap, the Vermont state police captain, said Thursday evening he could not reveal details of the conversation his agency had with police in Pennsylvania.
“We spoke with them early on, we exchanged information,” Dunlap said. “I can’t go in there, they’ve got a case going. “
Dunlap also said he would not comment if Vermont State Police questioned Joseph Ferlazzo about his mother’s murder while questioning him about his wife’s death.
“I can’t go in there,” Dunlap said.
According to the news From 2009, young Hee Lim-Ferlazzo was found dead with multiple stab wounds to the chest in the Upper Gwynedd Township apartment she shared with her husband, Joseph A. Ferlazzo Sr.
The elder Ferlazzo reported the death shortly before midnight, after returning from the grocery store and finding his wife dead in their home, investigators told the Reading (Pennsylvania) Eagle. Police said Ferlazzo Sr. was cooperating with them, but no arrests were made and no motive for the murder was disclosed, the newspaper reported.
Joseph Ferlazzo Sr. owned and operated the Osaka Therapeutic Spa in Reading, Pa., Investigators said. The city police raided and closed the spa in May 2009, during an investigation into prostitution. Police said they arrested two sex workers in Osaka, the newspaper said. One of the women was a relative of Young Hee Lim-Ferlazzo and was working as a spa manager, or madam, when he was raided, police told the newspaper.
Investigators said Joseph Ferlazzo Sr. claimed the company was a legitimate massage parlor and that he was not aware of any illegal activity there. Shortly after the raid, he appeared before the Reading Zoning Hearing Board in an unsuccessful attempt to get his license and license back, so he could reopen the business. He told the board he was a former executive with Renbow International USA, a Reading-based hair care company.
In rejecting his request, board members said they found it hard to believe he didn’t know what was going on inside the company.
Police said they did not link the Osaka raid and the murder investigation.
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This week, authorities identified Emily and Joseph Ferlazzo as residents of New Hampshire, as they recently lived in a converted van on the property of Emily Ferlazzo’s parents in Northfield, New Hampshire – about 20 minutes north of the capital. of the State of Concord.
However, the couple recently had close ties to northwest Vermont, according to neighbors, colleagues and a police spokesperson.
Emily Ferlazzo was a licensed practical nurse in Vermont, according to records kept by the Secretary of State’s office. His license was first issued in August 2020.
Joseph Ferlazzo Jr. is licensed as a body piercing operator and tattoo artist, according to the same database. His license was first issued in June 2011.
Adam Silverman, spokesperson for Vermont State Police, said the couple lived in Essex Junction from 2020 to spring 2021. Joseph Ferlazzo “was traveling back and forth between Vermont and New Hampshire” as Itinerant tattoo artist who would come to Vermont for work, he mentioned.
Several Burlington tattoo artists have identified Joseph Ferlazzo as an artist at the city’s Body Art Tattoo Studio. A photo album titled “Joe Ferlazzo” on the company’s Facebook page appears to display his work.
A person who answered the phone to Body Art on Thursday declined to comment.
Neighbors from two Park Street households in Essex Junction said the Ferlazzo’s were living in an apartment there as recently as June.
Renee Donna lives with her boyfriend, Griffin Paul-Moran, in the Park Street apartment building where the Ferlazzo previously lived. Donna said she and Paul-Moran moved in at the start of June just as Joseph and Emily Ferlazzo moved in.
Donna said her boyfriend saw the Ferlazzo couple move their belongings in a motorhome and the whole couple’s moving process seemed very abrupt.
Paul-Moran spoke briefly with the couple, Donna said, and at the time it seemed like the couple “weren’t expecting us to move in today.”
Seth Elkins, who lives next door at 82 Park Street, said he recalled seeing Joseph Ferlazzo renovating the van in which police said Ferlazzo later shot and killed his wife.
Emily Ferlazzo also helped build the van, Elkins said.
“As soon as he moved in he bought a bus and he stripped it off,” Elkins said. “And then he spent the whole year building a mobile home from the bus.”
Elkins said he has often seen the couple behaving in a friendly manner outside the house, although once or twice he noticed “very small bruises” on Emily Ferlazzo.
Joseph Ferlazzo was extremely calm and always seemed to be left alone, Elkins said, noting that he had a few friends who got tattoos from Ferlazzo.
“He was incredibly excluded,” Elkins said. “If you didn’t get a tattoo from him, that was it.” I haven’t heard from him.
Shaun Robinson and Tom Kearney contributed reporting.
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