Police label Rugby Ave. deaths homicide

Victims suffered blunt force trauma, fire appears "purposely set"

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A side view of the 2003 Toyota Matrix stolen from the Aldridge residence.

Charlottesville City Police Department | Charlottesville City Police Department

Charlottesville Police are labeling the deaths of two women found inside their Rugby Avenue home after a reported house fire around midnight Friday as homicides.

Though an autopsy is not yet completed, the two victims appear to have “suffered severe blunt force trauma,” according to a media release. Police report the fire “appears to have been purposely set.”

Photo: Charlottesville Police Department

The victims, 58-year-old Robin Christine Aldridge and her daughter, 17-year-old Mani Victoria Aldridge, both lived at the 1627 Rugby Ave. residence.

Robin’s vehicle, a light blue 2003 Toyota Matrix, was stolen from the residence and later recovered by police Saturday in the Barracks Road West apartment complex. Charlottesville Police have seized a dumpster from the apartment complex and “are currently searching it for evidence.”

Police are asking anyone who has seen “a person with bloody clothing in the area of Barracks Road, Georgetown Road or the Barracks West apartment complex, or saw someone driving or parking this vehicle” between 6 p.m. and midnight Friday to call the Charlottesville Police Department at (434) 970-3280.

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