Lysander man accused of killing wife, hiding her body in storage container

A Lysander man has been charged with murder for the death of his wife.

A Lysander man accused of killing his wife and hiding her body has been charged with murder.

Court documents and inmate records show Pande Trifunovski, 68, was taken into custody early Wednesday morning and has been arraigned on a second-degree murder charge. He is currently being held without bail.

Trifunovski’s arrest comes after the disappearance of 62-year-old Snezana "Suzie" Trifunovski on Tuesday, which investigators said was reported by her coworkers at Syracuse Home. At that point the Onondaga County Sheriff’s Office started investigating the area of the Trifunovski's home at 3362 Woods Road.

Court documents obtained by CNYCentral allege Trifunovski struck Snezana with his hands, a wooden object and suffocated her by covering her face with a pile of clothes.

Trifunovski faces an additional charge of tampering with physical evidence; court documents allege he burned the wooden object that was used, washed his clothes and hid the victim’s body in a storage container in Van Buren.

During a news conference discussing the case, Onondaga County Sheriff Eugene Conway said Trifunovski admitted to killing his wife and led investigators to the storage container where he had hid her body.

"It took a little more than only 12 hours from the time that we became aware of this to not only determine what had happened, but to obtain a confession and, within that confession, to obtain where she was located and also find her," Sheriff Conway said as he complimented the efforts of his detectives, as well as the deputy who responded to the initial missing person call.

"[He], by his own instincts, felt something wasn't right with just taking a missing person report," Conway continued. "And he had the presence of mind to call his supervisor - his sergeant - who also responded and also concurred that something just didn't seem right."

"It was those two who set in motion the detectives here that through the day continued to work this case and obtain a confession," Conway said.

Sheriff Conway said the Trifunovskis had been married for some 25 years; he also said authorities had responded to the home for domestic violence calls several times over the last 18 years.

An autopsy is pending to determine Snezana Trifunovski's exact cause of death.

Syracuse Home issued the following statement Wednesday:

We are both disturbed and saddened by the death of our team member, SuzieTrifunovski. Suzie was a devoted, dependable and dedicated caregiver at Syracuse Home for the past 22 years. She was a kind, caring, compassionate spirit who will be deeply missed by both the residents and her Syracuse Home family.

We would like to thank the Onondaga County Sheriff’s Department for their diligence in bringing a quick closure to this case.

We are requesting that you please respect the privacy of our staff and residents during this difficult time.

Suzie Trifunovski's death is being felt across Central New York. "I'm heartbroken," said Father Branko Postolovski, the priest at St. George's Macedonian on Onondaga Road in Syracuse. Trifunovski was not a member of the church, but was well known by many of its parishioners.

"All the people who knew her are saying what a wonderful human being she was," Father Postolovski said.

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