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The bodies of a hotel developer and his wife have been discovered by their adult children after the couple failed to meet them for Mother's Day celebrations.
Richard 'Dick' Vilardo, 65, and Julianne 'Jody' Vilardo, 67, both had trauma to their upper bodies when they were found at their Rockville home on Sunday afternoon.
Their adult children had gone to the couple's home to check on them on Sunday and found their father's body outside the back of the home and their mother's body inside, WUSA9 reported.
The relatives contacted police, who received the call shortly before 12.30pm.
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Killed: Richard 'Dick' Vilardo, 65, and Julianne 'Jody' Vilardo, 67, were found dead at their Maryland home
Authorities have not released details about how the couple were killed and said that an autopsy will determine their causes of death. A medical examiner will carry out the autopsy today.
Police have also not said whether they believe the Vilardos were targeted or the victims of a random attack, WJLA reported.
The couple was last known to be alive on Saturday evening.
Police Captain Paul Starks said investigators are looking into whether anything is missing from the home but added they do not yet have a possible motive, the Washington Post reported.
Family members said they're devastated.
'We are heartbroken over this senseless tragedy,' they said in a statement. 'Dick and Jody Vilardo were a warm and loving couple. We know of no one who would wish them harm.'
Vilardo was a co-founder and chief financial officer of Pinnacle Hotel Management, which develops and and manages Marriott- and Hilton-branded hotels, according to the company's website.
Scene: A relative went to check on the couple at their home (pictured) after they failed to meet them on Sunday and found Mr Vilardo's body at the back of the house and his wife's body inside the house
Loss: Vilardo, who ran a hotel management company, and his wife were remembered as 'the perfect couple'
'I am heartbroken,' Steven J. Fairbanks, one of Pinnacle's principals, told the Post. 'Dick and Jodi were the perfect couple. They will be sorely missed.'
According to the company's website, Vilardo spent more than 35 years working in the hospitality industry and had worked as vice president of development for the northeast region for Marriott, as well as a principal in a Maryland-based investment banking firm, before forming Pinnacle in 1997.
The couple were also known for their work at the Children's Inn at NIH, where ill children take part in clinical trials, NBC 4 reported.