The Metropolitan Police Department has released surveillance video of a “person of interest” in last week’s slaying of a family and their housekeeper in a burned-out upscale home near the vice presidential residence in Northwest Washington.
The brief video footage, which was released late Saturday, shows a person wearing dark pants and a hoodie walking quickly behind a building. Police said the person may have operated a blue 2008 Porsche that was found in flames Thursday afternoon in a church parking lot in Prince George’s County, Maryland. The automobile belonged to the family, whose multimillion-dollar home also was set ablaze Thursday.
On Friday, police said three of the victims had suffered either blunt force trauma or injuries from a sharp object before the house fire started.
Two of the victims were identified as Savvas Savopopoulos, 46, and his wife, Amy, 47. The others are believed to be the couple’s 10-year-old son, Philip, and their housekeeper, 57-year-old Veralicia Figueroa of Silver Spring, Maryland.
Investigators are treating the case as a quadruple homicide, and Police Chief Cathy L. Lanier said the fire was set intentionally.
“On at least three of the four victims, injuries were discovered that appear to be blunt force or sharp object injuries,” Chief Lanier said, adding that the injuries were discovered through the autopsy process, which was not yet complete.
Mr. Savopoulos was the president of Hyattsville-based American Iron Works, a company that manufactures building materials. Mrs. Savopoulos was well-known in D.C. social circles.
Firefighters responded to extinguish a fire at the Savopoulos home, located in the 3200 block of Woodland Drive NW, around 1:30 p.m. Thursday. The bodies were discovered by first responders inside the home, which is located in Woodley Park — a stone’s throw from several embassies and the vice presidential residence at the U.S. Naval Observatory.
“Right now, we have nothing to suggest there was a random or forced entry into the home, but we want to have a little more time to sort through the evidence,” Chief Lanier said.
She declined to comment on speculation that the family could have been held hostage inside the home.
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SOURCE: The Washington Times, Andrea Noble