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Victims in Kenai double homicide were mother and daughter

  • Author: Zaz Hollander
  • Updated: July 22, 2019
  • Published July 22, 2019

A mother and daughter, both from Kenai, were shot to death early Sunday morning in a double homicide.

The Kenai Police Department released the women’s names Monday morning: Lisa M. Rutzebeck, 39, and Rachelle M. Armstrong, 60.

Investigators are still looking for the suspect in their deaths, a man who apparently knew his victims, Chief David Ross said Monday. Asked if he had any leads as to where the suspect might be, Ross said “we have investigators actively working on that.”

A suspect who reportedly fled the scene was described as "a heavy set black male wearing a gray hoodie and orange cap,” an earlier police statement said.

The shooting happened in a home on California Avenue off the Kenai Spur Highway, early Sunday morning.

A double homicide “certainly is unusual” for the community of Kenai, Ross said.

A family of four that was missing for nearly a year before their remains were found in March 2015 are thought to have been the victims of a murder-suicide: authorities believe Brandon Jividen shot and killed his girlfriend, her two children and their dog.

The family last lived in an apartment on California Avenue.

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