WASHINGTON – In search warrants unsealed Wednesday, investigators say they hope that cellphones and security footage stolen from the scene of a burned-out D.C. home where a family and their housekeeper were killed last month will lead them to other suspects.
Savvas Savopoulos, 46, his wife Amy, 47, their 10-year-old son Phillip and their housekeeper Vera Figueroa, 57, were found with injuries to their bodies in the burning Northwest home on May 14.
According to the court documents, the cellphones of the Savopouloses and Figueroa were at the home during the crime but were taken from the house. Investigators have tapped the phones and asked carriers for phone records to see if they’ve been transferred to any other numbers. D.C. police hope the GPS function in the phones can lead investigators to other suspects.
Police also want to search inside the the car of the only man currently charged in the killings for a digital video recorder that was used to capture and store surveillance video for the Savopoulos home.
So far, Daron Wint is the only person police have arrested in relation to the kidnapping, deaths and the fire. He is charged with first-degree murder for the death of Savvas Savopoulos. Police identified Wint from DNA left on a piece of pizza crust found at the home.
In documents explaining the charges against Wint, police write that he did not act alone and had help of more than one person.
The documents also state that a window pane on a French door on the side of the house was broken and investigators also found a shoe or boot tread outside that door, which police say suggests someone broke into the house. The print doesn’t match the boots issued to D.C. firefighters, who later arrived at the multi-million dollar house to extinguish a fire on the upper level. Investigators write that firefighters interviewed say they didn’t use that door, court records say.
Investigators also outline that they are still looking for a number of key items needed to piece the crime together including a bag of $40,000 in cash that was delivered to the Savopoulos home, any weapons or tape used in the crime plus the shoe that matches the tread print found at the scene.
At some point while the family and Figueroa were held, Savvas Savopoulos’ assistant, whose phone has also been tapped, had left the cash in a car at Savopoulos’ instruction. Additionally, the family’s blue Porsche was later found torched in the parking lot of St. Christopher’s Episcopal Church, in Lanham, Maryland.
WTOP’s Megan Cloherty contributed to this report.
View the court documents below