ROTTERDAM, N.Y. - Rotterdam Police have arrested and charged a man for robbery of the home where they found a mother and daughter killed.
The Schenectady County Sheriff's Office says 28-year-old Brice Rivenburgh, of Oaklawn Avenue in Rotterdam, was arraigned at 6 a.m. Thursday for one count of first-degree Robbery. This arrest comes after two women were found dead in their 1142 Inner Drive home around 10 a.m. on Wednesday.
The names of the victims found in the home have not been officially released, however police say they believe the victims are the home owner, Tammy McCormack and her daughter Jessica McCormack.
Autopsy results came in Thursday night and their deaths have officially been ruled homicides. The cause of deaths has not been listed at this time.
Police say Rivenburg had a prior relationship with Jessica.
Police continue investigating the homicides having yet to charge Rivenburgh with the killings.
Neighbors told police they observed a suspicious black vehicle that matches Rivenburgh's car driving around the neighborhood around the time of the alleged break-in. They saw the driver tossing some paper out of the window and when police gathered the papers they had Rivenburgh's name on them.
Police were first called to the home just after 10 a.m. Wednesday for the report of a small fire. Upon arrival, officials discovered the two bodies in upstairs bedrooms of the home.
McCormack was employed as an assistant in the human resources department with the Schenectady School District. Karen Corona, with the Schenectady School District, says a moment of silence was held in her memory at Wednesday night's school board meeting.
Corona says, "It's been a shock to community to have lost Tammy. It's just been really hard; we're learning all the details along with everyone else." She said counselors are being made available Thursday for students and staff who worked closely with her.
The McCormack family is the co-owner of Lyle's Hoagies in Schenectady.
Tammy's husband died suddenly of a heart attack in 2009.
Rivenburgh has been remanded to the Schenectady County Jail without bail. Additional charges are pending.
Anyone with information is asked to call the police at 355-7397.
The investigation is ongoing between the New York State Police, State Police Major Crimes Unit, Special Investigations Unit, Computer Crimes Unit, Forensic Investigations Unit, Rotterdam Police Department, State Police Princetown and Fonda Bureau of Criminal Investigations.