SUNBURY, Pa. —
“They are looking for full bodies,” said Miranda. “They won’t find any. But they will find body parts” of runaways and individuals she described as bad people.
Search the waters of Big Lake, she said. “There is some parts in there.”
And Mexico Beach, near Panama City, Fla., where she said she once worked as a 15-year-old go-go dancer. “There is some there as well.”
She also said she dumped a body off Interstate 95 near Raleigh, N.C., but gave no other details.
Miranda Barbour lived in Alaska, Florida and North Carolina before moving to Selinsgrove, Pa., last fall with her husband. Sunbury police say the couple murdered LaFerrara the day of their three-week wedding anniversary and the husband’s 22nd birthday.
Alaska state troopers last week would neither confirm nor deny investigations are unfolding into Miranda Barbour’s claims. Any leads they get would be followed up appropriately, a spokesperson said.
Big Lake is a 13-square-mile body of water in southern Alaska, located about 13 miles from Wasilla, where Miranda once lived. Wasilla is a suburb of Anchorage.
Mexico Beach police Chief Glenn Norris said he was unaware of Miranda’s claim of a body there and that the beach to which she refers is extensive. He said the town doesn’t have any unsolved homicides that he’s aware of.
While there are also no unsolved homicides in Raleigh, N.C., police spokesman Jim Sughrue said authorities are actively investigating Miranda Barbour’s statements even though “her information is very vague.” He said Interstate 95, where she said a body or body part could be found, is 30 miles from the city limits and covers several miles.
LaFerrara’s body was found in a Sunbury alley, off Catawissa Avenue.
He responded to Miranda’s Craigslist ad for female companionship, met her in Hummels Wharf and, police report, was strangled and stabbed to death by the Barbours inside the couple’s Honda CRV.
Police arrested the Barbours the first week of December after they tracked Miranda’s cellphone calls to LaFerrara’s cellphone. Police said the couple told them they wanted to kill someone, anyone, just for the thrill.
Francis Scarcella is a reporter with the Sunbury, Pa., Daily Item.