New police report reveal that the fire that supposedly killed four people in their Washington home on Thursday, the 14th of May 2015, was set intentionally. According to District of Columbia Police Chief Cathy Lanier, the people might have been dead before the fire was set, as the autopsy suggested that three of them suffered from stab wounds or blunt-force injuries.
The victims were identified as Savvas Savopoulus, aged 46, Amy Savopoulus (his wife), aged 47, someone who appears to be their 10-year-old son, Philip and their housekeeper, 57-year-old Veralicia Figueroa. They all died in their million-dollars home on Woodland Drive NW.
The police have set premises at their home, as investigators are trying to collect more evidence. It has not yet been established whether there had been any forced entry because the fire destroyed a lot of evidence that could have been useful. Chief Lanier believes that the investigation might last more than a couple of days.
The family’s blue 2008 Porsche 911 was reported missing and was found later, on Thursday evening in Prince George’s County, in a car park in Hyattsville, Md. It was ablaze and the firefighters put off the flames at around 5.30 p.m., according to Prince George’s County Fire spokesman Mark Brady. Because the car had been torched, it was unclear who had been driving it and whether or not the driver could be related to the four murders on Woodland Drive NW.
The Greek American Savvas Savopoulus was the chief executive of building materials manufacturer American Iron Works. Amy was described as a loving mother of three who dedicated her life to her family and was involved in charity events. The whole family was well-respected in the community and they would often hold gatherings at their home for neighbors and friends. They had been living there for more than ten years. People who knew them were shocked at the news of their deaths and are even more surprised to hear that they had been slain before their home was set on fire.
The Savvas and Amy also had two teenage daughters who were not at home when the murders occurred. According to the family’s friends, they were off to boarding schools at the time.
Some of their neighbors have expressed not only a deep regret for the death of three members of the Savopoulus family, but also concern for their own safety in the area. “Everyone in the neighborhood is incredibly unsettled about this,” said Lisa Lambert, a woman who lives nearby.
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