Murder suspect 'left DNA on Domino's pizza crust' after brutal killing of family in Washington

Daron Dylon Wint is wanted following the murder of the Savopoulos family

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The Independent US

A suspect has been identified following the savage murder of a corporate executive and his family - including his 10-year-old son - after allegedly leaving his DNA on a pizza crust.

Savvas Savopoulos, 46, his wife, Amy Savopoulos, 47, their son Philip, 10 and Veralicia Figueroa, 57, the family’s housekeeper, are believed to have been held captive at their multi-million dollar mansion in northwest Washington before being brutally stabbed and beaten and the house burned to the ground.

Family killed before house was set on fire

In a break in the case, a warrant has now reportedly been issued for the arrest of Daron Dylon Wint, who is said to be 34 and from Maryland, after police salvaged a piece of food that escaped the flames.

According to the Washington Post, officers matched Wint - whose whereabouts are currently unknown - via his DNA to the pizza, which was ordered on the night of the murders on May 13.

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Savvas Savopoulos, Amy Savopoulos, their son Philip and housekeeper Veralicia Figueroa were killed

 

A Domino's employee allegedly confirmed that a delivery was made to the house from a branch nearby, while the family were being held captive, the Daily Mail reported. The firm has not commented on the claims.

Police have not yet released details of how the victims were killed, other than to say that three of them had wounds consistent with "blunt force" or a "sharp object".

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A Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives investigator walks out of the fire-damaged multimillion-dollar home in northwest Washington

Earlier this week, police said they were looking for a suspect seen in dark clothing, apparently near the scene where a suspect may have set fire to the family’s blue 2008 Porsche, which was found on Thursday evening in Maryland.

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Smashed windows and heavy fire damage scar the house on Woodland Drive

WUSA9 reported claims that Philip Savopoulos was tortured in an effort to get money out of his father, and said that the killers may have been in the house for up to 10 hours - and may have successfully extorted tens of thousands of dollars.

There have also been reports that an assistant working for Mr Savvas dropped off $40,000 at the home just a few hours before the bodies were discovered, but police officials have not yet confirmed any motive for the killings.

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Washington Police Chief Cathy Lanier identified the victims

Savvas Savopoulos was the president and chief executive of American Iron Works, which supplies metal to large building projects across the region, and he and his wife were said to be active charity and political fundraisers.

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District of Columbia Metropolitan Police maintain a perimeter around the house

The family home is located close to Vice President Joe Biden’s official residence, and possessed an extensive and valuable art collection, according to local reports.

The couple's two teenage daughters were away at boarding school at the time of the murders.

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