Police release names of victims in apparent double homicide

The victims were a mother and daughter

Kenai Police have released the names of two women killed in a shooting in a Kenai home.

The victims are mother and daughter Rachelle M. Armstrong, 60, and Lisa M. Rutzebeck, 39, both of Kenai, according to an update released Monday morning by the Kenai Police Department.

Police responded to reports of a shooting at a home on California Avenue early Sunday morning. California Avenue is located near Wildwood Correctional Complex and Cook Inlet View Drive in north Kenai.

The deceased have been transferred to the State Medical Examiner’s Office for autopsy and next of kin have been notified.

In an initial statement released Sunday, police said that the shooting happened in the early morning hours and that a suspect had reportedly fled the scene. The suspect was described as a heavy set black male wearing a gray hoodie and orange cap who should be considered armed and dangerous.

In an update provided later Sunday, police said there appeared to be “some association” between a potential suspect and victims. Kenai Police Chief David Ross declined to comment Monday on what that association may be.

The investigation is ongoing.

Police are looking for any witness with information, including surveillance video, to help determine what happened and to identify the suspect. Anyone with information about this incident should call the Kenai Police Department at 907-283-7879.

This is a developing story.

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