Investigators release victims' names of Lisi Lane double homicide
The discovery of two bodies in a home on Lisi Lane in the Town of Binghamton Friday has left authorities with a lot of questions. They’ve identified both victims, as well as a person of interest in the case. As our Elyse Mickalonis tells us, investigators are currently looking for the estranged husband of one of the victims.
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LISI LANE, TOWN OF BINGHAMTON -- When friends and family of Christina Powell, 35, couldn’t get a hold of her Friday, they grew worried and called police. That’s when a quiet neighborhood became the focus of a double homicide investigation.
"We have an army of at least 20 or 30 law enforcement people involved in this case and technicians looking for evidence as well as out in the field. People in uniform and plain clothes, trying to solve this case,” said David Harder, Broome County Sheriff.
Deputies responded to 4185 Lisi Lane to check on Powell. When they forced their way into the locked home, they discovered two bodies. Powell was found dead in the basement. Authorities said she appears to have been strangled. They also found the body of one of her friends, Mario Masciarelli, 24, on the second floor of the home. Harder said he appears to have died due to head injuries from a blunt object.
"Something you wouldn't expect in that area; high income homes in that area, quiet neighborhood,” said Harder.
Multiple police agencies across the area are actively searching for Christina’s estranged husband, Aaron Powell, 39. He and Christina Powell were separated and he lived at a different address. They said he may be driving a black GMC Denali SUV, license plate GDU-3346. That vehicle does not have a front license plate.
"This is a puzzle. We’re trying to put all the pieces together and the last piece at this point could be Mr. Powell,” said Harder.
Investigators said they don’t have a motive for either murder right now, but that Aaron Powell does have a criminal record.
"Mr. Powell has been arrested in the past, in 97 for contempt on an order of protection, but not involving his wife Christina,” said Harder.
Aaron and Christina Powell’s five-year-old son was not home at the time and is being watched by family members, as are Aaron Powell’s two other children. Harder is now urging Aaron Powell to turn himself in, and hopefully provide some answers in this case.
Once again, anyone with information is being asked to contact the Broome County Sheriff's Office by calling (607)-778-1189. All calls will be kept confidential.