Alexandria streets closed as police search for evidence in homicide

 

Alexandria Police said some streets near the home of a popular music teacher who was killed last week will be closed Tuesday as investigators look for evidence.

Several streets around Ridge Road Drive will be closed or have restricted access starting at 8 a.m. Police said the roads will reopen no later than 4 p.m., possibly sooner.

The closures include:

*Ridge Road Drive and Braddock Road, where there will be no northbound traffic allowed on Ridge Road Drive.

*Circle Terrace and Central Avenue will have no southbound traffic on Central and no northbound traffic on Circle Terrace.

*Farm Road and Virginia Avenue will have no southbound traffic on Farm Road.

*Ridge Road Drive and Virginia Avenue will have no southbound traffic on Ridge Road Drive.

Residents can leave and enter the area, but those who do not live in the area should avoid those streets, police advised. Authorities said they will verify addresses before allowing residents to enter.

“These road closures are to preserve the evidence scene for a search by police academy recruits later in the day, not for a search for the suspect,” Alexandria police said in a statement.

The search comes after the city’s police chief went to a meeting Monday night at an area church of about 150 people who asked questions about the homicide. Police gave no immediate, new information.

Those in the area have been concerned since Ruthanne Lodato, 59, was shot and killed last Wednesday after answering a knock at the door to her home on Ridge Road Drive.

Police and city officials have said they have no idea of who killed Lodato and released a sketch of the suspected gunman. Many in the area are wondering if Lodato’s killing could be linked to two other unsolved cases, including the 2003 slaying of Nancy Dunning, the wife of the late sheriff James Dunning, and the November killing of Ronald Kirby, a transportation planner.

Matt Zapotosky and Justin Jouvenal contributed to this report.

 

 

Dana Hedgpeth is the Washington Post’s lead reporter in covering the Metro rail and bus systems in the D.C. region and the Washington Metropolitan Transit Authority (WMATA) that runs them.
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