Washington D.C. murders update: Savvas Savopoulos, the CEO of American Iron Works, and his family were found dead in their home in an upscale Washington, DC neighborhood. The bodies of the family and their housekeeper were found after the house burned in a fire, according to Washington Post. All deaths were ruled as homicides.
The DC murders involved 46-year-old Savopoulos, 46, his 47-year-old wife Amy, his 10-year-old son Philip, and housekeeper Veralicia Figueroa, 57, of Silver Springs, Maryland, were identified as the victims. Savvas and two other victims appeared to be beaten by a sharp object in the Washington mansion. Police did not say how the fourth victim was killed.
Police sources said that first responders found a “savage, bloody and obvious crime scene,” and the bodies appeared to have blunt force trauma as they arrived at the scene. Detectives are expanding their investigation. Police Chief Cathy Lanier said at a Friday news conference that the fire was intentionally set.
DC neighbor Joe Carregal said he saw smoke pouring from the upper-story windows of the house, suggesting the fire was started after the murders, and man knocking on the front door to try to get the family out. Fire trucks soon arrived and firefighters broke windows, deployed ladders and climbed onto the roof. Carregal said he saw them pull Savvas and two other victims from the house.
“Evidence collection will go on for several days,” Lanier said. “There’s still a lot more we don’t know.”
Lanier said they haven’t found evidence of random or forced entry into the Savopoulos home. She said it’s hard to know if Savvas’ house was ransacked because of the fire damage. Firefighters were called to the house at about 1:15 p.m. It took about 30 minutes for the fire to be extinguished.
The Washington DC murders gave clues that Savvas Savopoulos gave the culprits what they were looking for on Thursday, according to investigators. Police believe the killers accessed the home Wednesday and kept the victims bound, threatening them, until Thursday. A person of interest has been identified after Savopoulos’ Porsche was seen being driven from the house and was later found burning in a Maryland parking lot.
“The person of interest was possibly operating a blue 2008 Porsche 911 sports car that was located abandoned in the 8000 block of Annapolis Road, in New Carrollton, Maryland,” police said in a statement. “Anyone with information about the person of interest, or who observed the vehicle being operated between Wednesday, May 13, 2021 and May 14, 2015, is asked to call police.”
Savopoulos’ Washington DC housekeeper, Figueroa, was a native of El Salvador, were her children still lived, according to WUSA-TV. She had been working for the family for four years and had recently said she wanted to retire soon and return home. Police believe more than one person was involved in the killings.
The $2 million mansion not far from Vice President Joe Biden’s residence. Savvas Savopoulos was the President and CEO of American Iron Works, the construction company that helped build the Verizon Center sports arena. Police are still investigating the Washington DC murders.