A housekeeper for the Savopoulos loved ones is delivering new insights about the day the three members of the Washington, D.C., loved ones and another housekeeper were killed inside their fire-damaged property, as investigators continue to sort by way of the case’s mysterious situations.
Nelitza Gutierrez was a housekeeper for the Savopoulos household for 20 years but was not at the family’s D.C. mansion on Thursday, Could 14, the day Savvas Savopoulos, his wife Amy, their 10-year-old son Philip and housekeeper Veralicia “Vera” Figueroa were located with a number of injuries inside the home following it had been set on fire. Savvas, Amy and Phillip Savopoulos have been pronounced dead at the scene. Figueroa was provided CPR and transported to a neighborhood hospital, where she was later pronounced dead.
Gutierrez told ABC News’ “20/20” in an interview that she believes the suspects broke in the day before the fire, based on bizarre messages she received from Savvas and Amy Savopoulos.
“When I got that message on Thursday, I was considering, and I began calling them,” Gutierrez stated. “I focused on Vera, I do not know why… I get in touch with her and I say, ‘Hi, Vera, What’s going on?’ No answer.”
Gutierrez said she normally worked for the family members on Tuesdays and Thursdays, and at times on Wednesdays if Figueroa or Amy required aid. Gutierrez stated Figueroa was a friend, and they had been continuously in touch. She mentioned she even helped Figueroa get the job with the Savopoulos family members about 5 years ago.
“Vera, she generally was content,” Gutierrez said. “She was so accountable and she actually cared about her job.”
Gutierrez described the Savopoulos family as pleased. Amy was a very active, loving mother who enjoyed cooking dinner for the loved ones and usually put her “children initial.” Savvaas was a “nice man” who was outgoing and liked to socialize, she stated. Gutierrez added that Philip was “very mature,” and a “very happy little boy.”
The Savopoulos’ two teenage daughters were away at boarding school at the time of the killings.
Gutierrez said she last spoke to Figueroa on the night of Tuesday, May 12 — two days ahead of the fire. She said Figueroa told her she would be operating at the family’s residence on Wednesday until 3 p.m., which was her typical schedule.
On Wednesday, May 13, Gutierrez mentioned she went with Savvas Savopoulos to his new martial arts studio in Chantilly, Virginia, mainly because he wanted her assist receiving ready for the studio’s opening. But around five:30 p.m., Gutierrez stated Savopoulos got a phone contact from Amy and said he had to go property and take care of Philip due to the fact Amy had plans.
At the time, Gutierrez stated Philip was property recovering from a concussion immediately after a go-kart accident, but normally he would have been at an immediately after-school activity.
About 9:30 p.m., Savopoulos left Gutierrez a voicemail, saying Figueroa was staying overnight, and that Amy “is in bed sick,” so Gutierrez didn’t need to have to come in for her shift the subsequent day. Gutierrez stated this raised red flags for her, but practically nothing in Savopoulos’s tone seemed to indicate anything was wrong.
“It wasn’t normal [for] Vera [to] remain overnight,” Gutierrez stated. “But he wasn’t, like, shaking or a thing, like strange. No, he was regular. But it wasn’t normal to me that Vera has to remain overnight.”
She and Figueroa had never stayed at the family’s residence prior to, Gutierrez said, so she called Figueroa as soon as she woke up on Thursday and two much more times that day. But every single time she said it went to voicemail.
Then at about 9:56 a.m. Thursday morning, Gutierrez said she got a text message from Amy saying, “Hey, you do not require to come in right now.” Having Amy text her like that was “strange,” Gutierrez said.
Gutierrez now believes Figueroa in no way left the residence on Wednesday.
“I consider she, you know, she [was] caught in the middle prior to– since she used to leave about 3:00, 3:00, so all the things happened ahead of she can go residence,” Gutierrez said.
If accurate, it might differ from investigators’ theory of the crime that the family members was taken captive about 6 p.m. on Wednesday, May well 13.
Daron Wint, 34, is the only named suspect in custody. He is charged with initially degree murder, but police said in a criminal complaint that they believed other folks participated in the crime. Wint has not but entered a plea and remains in custody devoid of bail.
Gutierrez has because set up a GoFundMe page on behalf of Figueroa. She says the money will be providing to Figueroa’s husband to help pay for her funeral and bring her physique back to El Salvador.