D.C. police said Sunday morning that they were still looking for a suspect in what appears to be the homicide of a couple, their 10-year-old son and housekeeper, who were found dead Thursday afternoon by fire crews called to put out a blaze in their downtown home.
Moreover, police’s suspicions in the quadruple murder case were confirmed by the other housekeeper of the family, who said that her employer Savvas Savopoulos displayed a suspicious behavior the day before he died.
Police officers also have CCTV footage showing a hooded unidentified man walking rapidly around the Stavropoulos’ home after parking a Porsche in a nearby parking lot.
The police released the new details Sunday morning. According to a police officer, relatives and friends tried to contact the family Thursday morning but no one answered the phone. Hours later, firemen were called by distraught neighbors to put out a fire in the Savopoulos’ apartment.
On Thursday, D.C. police reported that the four victims were already dead when the fire broke since they had numerous injuries on their bodies. The bodies of the child and housekeeper were barely recognizable, according to the report.
One of the family’s housekeepers told police that Mr. Savopoulos sent her several voice mails and text messages asking her not to come at his D.C. home to clean the house as was her weekly routine. The man also told her that the other housekeeper, who was found dead the day after, would stay overnight but her mobile phone had no battery.
The housekeeper who received the messages Wednesday night and had been working for the family for more than 20 years said that her employer told her that day that he and his wife were planning to go out, but eight hours later he texted her that his wife had been sick in bed all day.
The housekeeper also said in Spanish that his voice seemed “really tense” and that she listened to his voice mail message Thursday morning. Subsequently, she called Ms. Savopoulos to see how she was, but no one answered.
D.C. police reported that there was no trace of doubt that the four victims were murdered before their home was set on fire. They also found the family’s car turned to ashes in a Hyattsville parking lot and a complex body of evidence indicating that the house was intentionally set on fire.
The news shocked neighbors because the Savopoulos were very active members of the community, did a lot of charity and attended their Greek Orthodox church’ services on a regular basis.
Savvas Savopoulos was CEO of a successful ironwork manufacturing company and the owner of a martial arts center.
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