Suspect in 1973 killings of 2 women in Virginia Beach, now 80, arrested in New York City

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VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WAVY) — New York City police have arrested a man they say killed two 19-year-old women at the Virginia Beach Oceanfront 46 years ago.

Ernest Broadnax, 80, who had been living in Queens, was taken into custody Monday. 

Investigators say the victims, Lynn Seethaler and Janice Pietropola, were brutally murdered in June of 1973. 

The women were visiting from the Pittsburgh area and staying at a motel cottage at 10th Street and Atlantic Avenue that has since been torn down. Police found the two dead inside the cottage on June 30, 1973. 

Authorities say Broadnax is facing two counts of second-degree murder and one count of rape. He is awaiting extradition to Virginia.

Virginia Beach police say a long list of law enforcement agencies helped in the 46-year case, including the FBI, NCIS, Virginia State Police, Norfolk PD, NYPD (Queens Cold Case and Brooklyn Cold Case), detectives of NYPD’s 105th PCT, Queens Office of the District Attorney, NY Department of Corrections, Queens Probation and Parole, Virginia Beach Office of the Commonwealth’s Attorney, Virginia Department of Forensic Science and the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner.

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