- The Washington Times - Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Search warrants related to a quadruple homicide that were unsealed Wednesday indicate D.C. police were trying to track the whereabouts of three of the victims’ cellphones in order to locate suspects.

The cellphones of Savvas and Amy Savopoulos and their housekeeper, Vera Figueroa, were missing from the family’s Northwest home when firefighters discovered their bodies while extinguishing a fire there on May 14. The couple’s 10-year-old son, Philip, also was slain.

Police say the victims were held hostage until $40,000 in cash was delivered to the home. They suffered blunt force trauma and stab wounds, and police said the fire was set intentionally at the multimillion-dollar residence shortly after the cash delivery was made by an employee of Mr. Savopoulos.

The search warrants affidavits indicate that less than a week after the four were killed, police sought the call and text history of the victims’ phones, as well as location data from the phones’ GPS systems that could help pinpoint their location.

A separate search warrant affidavit sought similar information from the employee who made the cash delivery to the home. Court documents indicate the employee gave differing statements to police about his handling of the cash and where he dropped it off in the family’s garage after receiving the request from Mr. Savopoulos.

Officers have arrested only one man, Daron Dylon Wint, and charged him with first-degree murder in connection with the slayings. But court documents indicate detectives believe others were involved.

Investigators developed Mr. Wint as a suspect after his DNA was discovered on a partially eaten pizza crust found inside the Savopouloses’ home. He was arrested May 21 while traveling through the District. Four others traveling in two vehicles with Mr. Wint also were taken into custody that night, but no charges have been filed against them.

In a search warrant affidavit for the two vehicles, a rented box truck and a Chevrolet Cruze, police sought any evidence linked to the crime scene — including any photos or evidence of surveillance of the Savopoulos home, weapons, gloves, duct tape or items belonging to the victims.

The documents also indicate that a single window pane on a set of exterior French doors was broken, an indication that suspects had forced entry into the home, and police were seeking to match a footprint found outside the door.

The return of the search warrant documenting what was taken from the vehicles was not made public Wednesday.

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