Puzzling Clues in DC Murders: Blue Porsche, Odd Text

Police say it's homicide, but much unknown about 4 found dead in burning home
By Kate Seamons,  Newser Staff
Posted May 16, 2015 6:16 AM CDT
Mystery Deepens in Case of 4 Found Dead in DC Home
District of Columbia Police Chief Cathy Lanier, center, talks to other officials at the scene of a house fire where four people were found dead.   (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

(Newser) – With firefighters' discovery on Thursday afternoon of four bodies in a burning home in an upscale DC neighborhood, a mystery presented itself: Who were they, how did they die, and what's the possible connection of a blue Porsche? Police now say they have only some of the answers. The Washington Post reports that Savvas Savopoulos, 46, and his wife, Amy, 47, have been identified as two of the dead; police believe the others are their 10-year-old son, Philip, and Veralicia Figueroa, their 57-year-old housekeeper. DC Police Chief Cathy Lanier framed all four deaths as homicides; said all but one of the victims exhibited wounds of a sharp, blunt-force nature; and noted that police didn't find any indications of forced or random entry.

Lanier also spoke about the Porsche, which the Post now identifies as belonging to the family. Lanier expanded the window during which police are looking to know its movements: between Wednesday and Thursday at 5pm. That's roughly the time at which it was found burning behind a church in Lanham, Md; NBC Washington reports police have said the chain of events leading to the four murders may have started Wednesday. Another odd detail: My FoxDC reports that a person described as a "family employee" got a text from Amy around 9am on Thursday saying, "Stay home, we're not feeling well." The employee tried calling about an hour later and says there was no answer. The fire was reported about 3.5 hours after that. The Post describes the family as a "prominent" one who had lived in the $4.5 million home for a decade-plus; the couple's two teen daughters are away at boarding school. (Read more arson stories.)

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