80-Year-Old Under Arrest for the Murder of 2 Teens Killed 46 Years Ago While on Vacation

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Virginia Beach police have accused an 80-year-old New York man of killing two teens in a case that’s gone unsolved for 46 years.

The double homicide dates to 1973, when Janice Pietropola and Lynn Seethaler, both 19, traveled from the Pittsburgh area to Virginia Beach to vacation. They were found brutally killed on June 30 inside their oceanfront motel cottage, and their deaths were ruled homicides, police said.

Janice Pietropola, left, and Lynn Seethaler, right, were killed in June 1973 in Virginia Beach.

After an exhaustive investigation, the case went cold, police said. The cottage where the teens were slain was destroyed, then rebuilt into new motels and shops.

Then last fall, Virginia Beach Police cold case investigators, working with the local prosecutor, began to aggressively research a strong lead in the case, police said.

Police on Monday arrested the alleged killer: Ernest Broadnax of New York City. He was arrested in New York and charged with two counts of second-degree murder and one count of rape, police said.

Broadnax is awaiting extradition, police said. It was not immediately clear if he had retained an attorney.

Broadnax served three prison stints in New York for assault, burglary, and attempted burglary, records show. He was released on parole in 2013.

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