Police release video of person of interest in NW DC fire

Police released video Saturday of a person of interest they're looking for in connection to a northwest D.C. house fire. Four people whose bodies were found inside the burning home Thursday didn't die as a result of a fire, police confirmed Friday. Instead, they were murdered, and the fire was intentionally set.

D.C. police investigators released video Saturday that shows the person of interest, whom they believe may have been driving a blue 2008 Porsche 911 that belonged to the couple who died in the home. The car was abandoned in the 8000 block of Annapolis Road in New Carrollton, Md. on Thursday, and it was later discovered after it had been torched. The person of interest is seen on the video running from that scene.

Victims identified
D.C. Police Chief Cathy Lanier and Mayor Muriel Bowser held a news conference late Friday afternoon to update the investigation into the fire, which was reported around 1:30 p.m. Thursday afternoon. When first responders arrived, sources tell FOX 5's Paul Wagner they found a savage, bloody and "obvious" crime scene when they arrived.

Lanier identified two of the victims, 46-year-old Savvas Savopoulos and his wife, 47-year-old Amy Savopoulos, who owned the home where the discovery was made. Lanier also said they believe the other two victims to be the Savopoulos' 10-year-old son, Phillip, and Veralicia Figueroa, a 57-year-old housekeeper who worked for the family. The Medical Examiner is still working to confirm the identity of those two victims. 

The couple also has two teenage daughters who attend boarding school. Savvas was president and CEO of American Iron Works.

Autopsies for the victims are still pending, Lanier said. She did say that three of the four victims sustained sharp blunt force injuries. 

Police still asking for info about Porsche
Lanier said police have gotten a steady stream of information from the community already, but they are still looking for details about any suspicious activity around the Savopoulos' home from Wednesday through Thursday around 5 p.m.  They're also looking for information about the couple's blue 2008 Porsche with DC tag DK2418, which was seen at the home earlier Thursday, but was found torched in a church parking lot in New Carrollton, Md. around 5 p.m. Thursday. 

Lanier said there is a $25,000 reward for information leading to an arrest in the case. She said investigators are looking to expand their timeline beyond the hours just before and after the fire was found, which is why they are now looking for anyone who may have seen the car on Wednesday as well. 

Lanier said evidence collection at the home will continue for several days. She said there were no obvious signs of forced entry into the home. 

Timeline of events
Here's a timeline of what is known so far:

THURSDAY, APPROXIMATELY 9 AM - A Savopoulos family employee received a text message from Amy Savopoulos that read, "Stay home, we're not feeling well."

THURSDAY,  APPROXIMATELY 10 AM - That same employee tried calling Amy Savopoulos, but there was no answer.

THURSDAY, APPROXIMATELY 10:30 AM - A blue 2008 Porsche 911 with D.C. license plate DK2418 was seen at the Savopoulos' home. Lanier later revealed that car belongs to the Savopoulos family.

THURSDAY,  JUST AFTER 1:30 PM - A fire was reported at the Savopoulos' home.

THURSDAY, JUST AFTER 5 PM - The blue Porsche seen at the Savopoulos' home earlier in the day was found torched in a New Carrollton, Md. parking lot.

THURSDAY, 6 PM - In a news conference, D.C. police announced four people were found dead inside the home. Chief Cathy Lanier called the nature and origin of the fire "very suspicious."

FRIDAY, 5:15 PM - D.C. Police Chief Cathy Lanier announced the identities of the victims killed inside the house, and revealed the fire was intentionally set. 

A joint arson task force consisting of D.C. police, the fire department and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives is handling the investigation.

St. Albans School in northwest D.C., where the Savopoulos' son attends school, planned to hold private prayer and support gatherings Friday, and some students planned to wear blue clothing Friday in support of the family. The school released the following statement:

"We at the Cathedral mourn the loss of the four people who perished on Thursday," said The Rev. Canon Jan Naylor Cope, Cathedral Provost. "This tragedy has deeply impacted our community and we are dedicated to helping all those touched by this family through their grief. We ask that the privacy of the family and the community be respected and that they be given the space to mourn. Please join us in praying for all those whose lives have been effected by this tragedy."
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