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Roanoke police arrest man in connection with March homicide

33-year-old Cassandra Pizzi’s body was found on March 27

40-year-old Michael Terry, of Roanoke, has been arrested and charged with second-degree murder in connection with the homicide of 33-year-old Cassandra Pizzi, according to the Roanoke City Police Department.
40-year-old Michael Terry, of Roanoke, has been arrested and charged with second-degree murder in connection with the homicide of 33-year-old Cassandra Pizzi, according to the Roanoke City Police Department. (WSLS via Roanoke City Sheriff's Office)

ROANOKE, Va.UPDATE 12/15 7:10 p.m.

Police in Roanoke have made an arrest in connection with a homicide from March.

40-year-old Michael Terry, of Roanoke, has been arrested and charged with second-degree murder in connection with the homicide of 33-year-old Cassandra Pizzi, according to the Roanoke City Police Department.

Pizzi’s body was found in a wooded area of southeast Roanoke on March 27.

Ryan Reilly wants to honor his cousin, Cassandra Starr Pizzi, who was murdered in Roanoke.
Ryan Reilly wants to honor his cousin, Cassandra Starr Pizzi, who was murdered in Roanoke. (WSLS)

Police said they identified Terry as a suspect through the course of the investigation and obtained warrants on Tuesday.

Roanoke police, along with the U.S. Marshals Capital Area Regional Fugitive Task Force, arrested Terry without incident on Tuesday.


UPDATE, 3/30 11 a.m.

Roanoke authorities have identified a woman who police say was the victim of a homicide.

According to police, the victim is 33-year-old Cassandra Pizzi. Authorities say her body was found in a wooded area of southeast Roanoke around 7:30 a.m. on Friday.

Pizzi’s death was originally being investigated as a “suspicious death,” but is now being investigated as a “homicide.”


ORIGINAL STORY

Roanoke police said a woman’s body was found in a wooded area of southeast Roanoke around 7:30 a.m. on Friday.

It’s being investigated as a “suspicious death.” Police were on the scene Friday in the 1000 block of 4th Street SE.

Police haven’t released her identity or cause of death.

Roanoke police said a woman’s body was found in a wooded area of southeast Roanoke around 7:30 a.m. on Friday.
Roanoke police said a woman’s body was found in a wooded area of southeast Roanoke around 7:30 a.m. on Friday. (WSLS)

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call 540-344-8500 or text 274637, beginning the text with “RoanokePD” to ensure it’s properly sent. Both calls and texts can remain anonymous.

This is a developing story. Stay with 10 News for updates.


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