Burglary arrest made after suspicious deaths in Rotterdam

Posted at: 04/10/2013 3:49 PM
Updated at: 04/11/2013 6:23 PM
By: WNYT Staff

ROTTERDAM – The autopsy results are in for the suspicious deaths of a mother and daughter in Rotterdam.

The autopsy results reveal that the deaths are officially classified as homicides, although the cause of death has not been released.

28-year-old Brice Rivernurgh has been arrested on burglary charges in connection to the Rotterdam house where the mother and daughter were found dead Wednesday, but no further charges have been made at this time.

Brice Rivernurgh, 28, was arraigned at 3:30 a.m. in Rotterdam Town Court.

The bodies of 52-year-old Tammy McCormack and her daughter, 23-year-old Jessica McCormack, were found Wednesday morning in their home after Tammy McCormack didn't show up for work as a human resources director with the Schenectady School District.

NewsChannel 13 has been told Rivenburgh had a relationship with Jessica McCormack.

Rivenburgh is being held without bail. Police say additional charges are pending.

Neighbors told WNYT there was a suspicious, dark-colored vehicle parked in front of the house at 1142 Inner Dr. early Wednesday morning.

Police say the women's bodies were found in separate upstairs bedrooms.  Investigators didn't remove the victims from their house until Wednesday night, almost 12 hours after they were discovered.  The cause of their deaths has not yet been released.

There was also a small fire inside the home. Firefighters were called to put that out.