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Burglary arrest made following suspicious deaths in Rotterdam

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We're learning more about the investigation into the suspicious deaths of two women in Rotterdam. A 28-year-old man has been charged with burglary in the case. Police held a news conference today to release more information. Erin Connolly has the details.

ROTTERDAM, N.Y. -- 1142 Inner Drive in Rotterdam is where a mother and daughter were found killed Wednesday morning. Although they have yet to be positively identified, police believe the two women are Tammy McCormack, 52, and Jessica McCormack, 22.

Lt. Michael Brown of the Rotterdam Police Department said, "In my career, we have not seen a crime of this nature in this jurisdiction in my career."

Brice Rivenburgh, 28, of Rotterdam, who police say had some type of relationship with Jessica, was arrested for first degree burglary in connection to the house where the bodies were found. The home he shares with his mother on Oaklawn Avenue was filled with investigators Thursday, searching for evidence. One neighbor says she didn't know Rivenburgh personally, but always saw him around the area.

Jackie Kenitz, a Rotterdam resident, said, "I always see them out with their grandkids and children. They seem like very nice people strolling up the road.''

Police were called to the McCormack household at 10:15 a.m. Wednesday by Tammy's son. He had been notified that she didn't show up for work at the City of Schenectady School District. He went to her house right away.

Lt. Brown said, "Upon entry, he observed some suspicious items within the first floor of the residence and called police."

Police found Tammy and Jessica dead in two different upstairs bedrooms. There was also a small fire in the house. Police say they recovered evidence inside and outside of the house, including some papers with Rivenburgh's name on them. Neighbors described seeing a black car in the area early that morning. A black car was towed away from Rivenburgh's house on Thursday.

Lisa Fasula, a Rotterdam business owner said, "It's very quiet around here, so it's very unusual to have anything like that happen in this area.''

And this tragedy has certainly affected those who live in the area especially one neighbor who knew Jessica well.

Ashley Zwack, a Rotterdam resident, said, "She was a very nice girl. Quiet and very friendly with everybody. We rode the school bus together, so it was pretty weird to hear about what happened. I'm sorry for what happened and I hope everyone can heal from what happened.''

As for Rivenburgh, he was arraigned Thursday morning and is in the Schenectady County Jail without bail. So far, he has not been charged in connection to the deaths.

Autopsies have been completed on Tammy and Jessica McCormack. They are not releasing a cause of death.

If you have any information, you're asked to call Rotterdam police.


Anyone with information on this investigation is asked to call police at 355-7397.

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