Alexandria Police Chief Earl Cook held a press conference yesterday on an update of Ruthanne Lodato’s murder. The community where Lodato lived is making a continuous effort to do what they can to find the killer. They have provided tips for the police, had a community meeting last month through the North Ridge Citizens Association, and have spent money on their doors to see who appears at their homes.
The one-month anniversary of Lodato’s death is still under investigation. Police continue to comb the area with one in standby near the Lodato home. Five hundred tips have been carefully sifted through for any clues.
WUSA9 and other news sources have provided recent information of the press conference. The main headline of the conference was Cook’s assertion that Lodato’s killing may be linked to two other murders that occurred the same way in the area. Information from WUSA9 provides this –
According to Cook, the bullets recovered in the Lodato, Dunning and Kirby shooting cases are similar. Bullets recovered from the Lodato case exhibit the same general rifling class as the unsolved Kirby murder, but that the same weapon may not have been used in the shootings. Officials say that other microscopic comparisons are inconclusive.
Due to the similarities and unusual nature of all three shootings occurring in the Alexandria area, police are considering the possibility that all three cases are connected.
The conclusion has many to believe a serial killer is on the loose. A sketch has been provided due to the description a woman gave at the Lodato home the time of the shooting. The woman, described as a caretaker, was also shot but survived.
Ruthanne Lodato was the mother of three, a popular music teacher, and director of Music Together Alexandria. Ronald Kirby was shot several times at his home last November 11. Kirby was director of transportation planning at the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments. Nancy Dunning, a real estate agent and wife of a sheriff, was shot in her home on December 5, 2003.
The press conference given by Chief Cook can be viewed below.
Citizens can call Alexandria police at (703) 746-6864 for any tips and remain anonymous.