Mansion Murder Suspect Traced From Pizza Crust

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A man wanted in connection with the mysterious killings of a wealthy Washington family and their housekeeper has been identified by police.

Washington DC police say they are looking for 34-year-old Daron Dylon Wint in connection with four homicides in the family’s multimillion-dollar family home in the north-west of the city – one of its most exclusive neighbourhoods.

An arrest warrant has been issued charging Wint with “murder one while armed”.

Authorities have not released any further details, and have given little indication about why the family may have been killed last Thursday.

The victims have been identified as chief executive Savvas Savopoulos, 46; his wife Amy Savopoulos, 47; their 10-year-old son Philip and their housekeeper Veralicia Figueroa, 57.

Their home had been set on fire and their bodies were discovered when firefighters responded to the blaze on 14 May. Authorities have said the fire is believed to have been deliberately set.

Wint was identified after DNA on the crust of one of two pizzas delivered to the house on Wednesday last week was matched to his.

Washington DC Police Chief Cathy Lanier said the suspect was thought to be hiding in the Brooklyn, New York, area.

She also revealed he had once been employed by construction firm American Iron Works, of which Mr Savopoulos was president and chief executive.

Reports have claimed suspects entered the property last Wednesday and tied the family up for several hours.

An assistant for Mr Savvas dropped off a package at the home containing $40,000 in cash while the victims were apparently being held, The Washington Post reported.

Chief Lanier said last week that at least three of the victims had suffered stab wounds or blunt force trauma injuries and that all four were homicides.

A Porsche 911 belonging to the family was found on Thursday night last week in Hyattsville, Maryland, police added. The car had been torched in a church car park.

Investigators have said there was no evidence of forced entry into the Savopoulos’ home.

The family are survived by two teenage daughters, who friends said were at their boarding schools.

 

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