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FBI, Police Search Water for Evidence in Connection with Three Alexandria Homicides

Officials search bodies of water near the residence of Charles Severance in Ashburn, and his parents' home in Oakton.

Charles Severance is being held in a West Virginia jail awaiting an extradition hearing.
Charles Severance is being held in a West Virginia jail awaiting an extradition hearing.
Investigators from the FBI and the Alexandria Police Department have been searching two bodies of water this week in locations with connections to Charles Severance, a man being held on a weapons charge in West Virginia, according to the FBI.

Severance is awaiting an extradition hearing scheduled for later this month; police investigating three high-profile homicides in Alexandria want to talk to Severance.

The three homicides that Alexandria police say could be connected are that of Ruthanne Lodato, Ron Kirby and Nancy Dunning. Music teacher Ruthanne Lodato died Feb. 6 after she was shot by an intruder who knocked on her door. Ron Kirby died in November after he was shot at his home in Rosemont; Dunning died in 2003 after she was shot in her home in Del Ray.

The pond and creek searched by police are located outside of the Alexandria area, an FBI spokeswoman said Wednesday.

One location is a pond in Oakton near the home of Charles Severance's parents.

The other body of water searched by investigators is near Severance's home in Ashburn.

"We were out there searching a pond as part of our assistance to Alexandria," said Jacqueline Maguire, public information officer for the FBI. 

Severance is being held at the Northern Regional Jail in Moundsville, W. Va., on $100,000 bond. His attorney asked for the hearing to be pushed to April 24; it's scheduled for April 23.

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