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    PA - Two sisters of Iowa state representative murdered in their Pittsburgh home

    Iowa state representative's sisters found dead in apparent homicide, police say. (AP)
    Two sisters of an Iowa state representative have been found dead of apparent gunshot wounds in the Pittsburgh home they shared, and police are investigating the case as a double homicide.

    The bodies of 44-year-old Susan Wolfe and 38-year-old Sarah Wolfe were found Friday afternoon in their basement after they didn't show up for work, authorities said. Police found Sarah Wolfe's car around 1:15 a.m. Saturday parked nearly a mile away.

    Sarah Wolfe was a psychiatrist for Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic, and Susan Wolfe was a teacher's aide at Hillel Academy in Pittsburgh's Squirrel Hill neighborhood.

    Pittsburgh police Lt. Daniel Herrmann said they don't have a motive for the killings, and there were no signs of forced entry.
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    A sister, Mary Wolfe, is an Iowa Democratic state representative who lives in Clinton.
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    The medical examiner's office has not released causes of death, but police say it appears the women had been shot.
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    Shortly after moving to East Liberty, Sarah Wolfe's house was burglarized. She contacted Ms. Carter for advice on replacing a broken pane of glass. Ms. Carter said she counseled her former tenant to get an alarm system but does not know if she followed through with her suggestion.

    Read more: http://www.post-gazette.com/local/ci...#ixzz2srOIhk5G

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    So....a patient, perhaps? Prowler?

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    Sarah told her employers she had an appt at 5:30? Wonder where?

    The fact that her car was parked a mile away from the house and her coworkers contacted law enforcement right away when she didn't show for work tells me there may be an obvious suspect and we just haven't heard it yet.

    So sad. Both women seemed to have so much going for them.
    In March 2012, sometime between 4:45 and 5:45 am, Molly Young was shot in the head and killed with her ex-boyfriend's gun. Sometime after 9 am, Molly's ex-boyfriend called 911 to report she had overdosed in his bedroom and died.
    There were no significant levels of drugs or alcohol found in Molly's system.

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    No sign of forced entry and the friends let the police in? So someone else had keys to the place?
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    Is there an exhusband or ex boyfriend around?
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    Quote Originally Posted by meanmaryjean View Post
    No sign of forced entry and the friends let the police in? So someone else had keys to the place?
    Since it was a newly purchased home in Dec, maybe a door lock had not been changed yet and someone related to last owner had a key.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hejlena View Post
    Sarah told her employers she had an appt at 5:30? Wonder where?

    The fact that her car was parked a mile away from the house and her coworkers contacted law enforcement right away when she didn't show for work tells me there may be an obvious suspect and we just haven't heard it yet.

    So sad. Both women seemed to have so much going for them.
    Sorry to quote my own post but I was mistaken. It was Sarah's car that was found parked a mile away, but it was her sister Susan's coworkers who called police when she she didn't show for her teacher's aide job. That leaves me stumped again.

    I hope they find who did this soon.
    In March 2012, sometime between 4:45 and 5:45 am, Molly Young was shot in the head and killed with her ex-boyfriend's gun. Sometime after 9 am, Molly's ex-boyfriend called 911 to report she had overdosed in his bedroom and died.
    There were no significant levels of drugs or alcohol found in Molly's system.

    Help Molly's family in their quest for a complete and thorough investigation into her death.

    http://www.websleuths.com/forums/sho...d.php?t=218835

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    Quote Originally Posted by meanmaryjean View Post
    No sign of forced entry and the friends let the police in? So someone else had keys to the place?
    I wonder if this was tied to the 5:30 appointment. Renting out a room? Interviewing someone for something? Selling something?
    In March 2012, sometime between 4:45 and 5:45 am, Molly Young was shot in the head and killed with her ex-boyfriend's gun. Sometime after 9 am, Molly's ex-boyfriend called 911 to report she had overdosed in his bedroom and died.
    There were no significant levels of drugs or alcohol found in Molly's system.

    Help Molly's family in their quest for a complete and thorough investigation into her death.

    http://www.websleuths.com/forums/sho...d.php?t=218835

    http://justiceformolly.org/

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    http://m.clintonherald.com/clintonhe...tguid=TGRU3PUJ

    Gunshot wounds to each woman's head. .
    Manner of death homicide.
    Found next to each other in basement.

    Interesting that the other articles simply stated Sarah's car was found a mile away. This article says "car connected to the crime" was found a mile away.
    In March 2012, sometime between 4:45 and 5:45 am, Molly Young was shot in the head and killed with her ex-boyfriend's gun. Sometime after 9 am, Molly's ex-boyfriend called 911 to report she had overdosed in his bedroom and died.
    There were no significant levels of drugs or alcohol found in Molly's system.

    Help Molly's family in their quest for a complete and thorough investigation into her death.

    http://www.websleuths.com/forums/sho...d.php?t=218835

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    http://thejewishchronicle.net/view/f...ry_left_column

    House "ransacked" in December when the two women were out to dinner. A co-worker says the women installed many security measures after that incident.

    Maybe they installed something that can help catch the perp.

    I have two thoughts:

    1. Someone got the impression that Sarah being a psychiatrist would mean there were drugs/access to a way to get drugs in the home or

    2. A family member of one of Sarah's clients was stalking her. It was said that Sarah worked with child victims of abuse. Abuser? Psychiatrist's reports are often included in court/mediation records. Someone may have gone over the edge?
    In March 2012, sometime between 4:45 and 5:45 am, Molly Young was shot in the head and killed with her ex-boyfriend's gun. Sometime after 9 am, Molly's ex-boyfriend called 911 to report she had overdosed in his bedroom and died.
    There were no significant levels of drugs or alcohol found in Molly's system.

    Help Molly's family in their quest for a complete and thorough investigation into her death.

    http://www.websleuths.com/forums/sho...d.php?t=218835

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    Quote Originally Posted by meanmaryjean View Post
    No sign of forced entry and the friends let the police in? So someone else had keys to the place?
    Now that msm is describing Sarah's car as "connected to the crime" I wonder if for some reason they let perp in and then perp took keys, locked door, and took the car after the crime? Seems odd to me, but maybe locked door in a misguided effort to buy time/hide the crime?
    In March 2012, sometime between 4:45 and 5:45 am, Molly Young was shot in the head and killed with her ex-boyfriend's gun. Sometime after 9 am, Molly's ex-boyfriend called 911 to report she had overdosed in his bedroom and died.
    There were no significant levels of drugs or alcohol found in Molly's system.

    Help Molly's family in their quest for a complete and thorough investigation into her death.

    http://www.websleuths.com/forums/sho...d.php?t=218835

    http://justiceformolly.org/

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    “Everybody's a suspect right now,” said Pittsburgh police Lt. Daniel Herrmann.
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    Herrmann said Sarah Wolfe's boyfriend, Matthew Buchholz of Friendship, was “cooperating 100 percent” with investigators.
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    good article:

    http://triblive.com/news/allegheny/5...#axzz2srp14n5u


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    "Meanwhile, Pittsburgh Police Major Crimes Lt. Daniel Herrmann said police are asking the public for information about anything that may have been seen or heard between the hours of 5 and 9 p.m. near the sisters' home or near where their car was discovered about a mile away. "We're asking anyone in the East Liberty area or Highland Park to call us if they can give us a piece of the puzzle. We're particularly interested in Thursday evening, say between 5 p.m. and 9 p.m.," he said. The telephone number for the homicide squad is 412-323-7161."

    http://www.post-gazette.com/local/re...s/201402090179

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    Dr. Karl Williams said that Susan Wolfe, 44, and Sarah Wolfe, 38, had "other injuries" but that those injuries did not contribute to the women's deaths. He declined to elaborate. "I'm not willing to talk about their other injuries other than to say that they did not contribute to their deaths," Dr. Williams said. He would not answer whether the women were sexually assaulted.
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    Lieutenant Herrmann said police have been able to identify video cameras in the vicinity and are working to pull information from those cameras.
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    “We believe the murderer took the car (from the house,)” said George Trosky, assistant chief of the Pittsburgh Bureau of Police.
    http://www.post-gazette.com/local/re...s/201402090179

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hejlena View Post
    Now that msm is describing Sarah's car as "connected to the crime" I wonder if for some reason they let perp in and then perp took keys, locked door, and took the car after the crime? Seems odd to me, but maybe locked door in a misguided effort to buy time/hide the crime?
    From the information we have, I think this seems the most likely. If the perp was leaving in Sarah's car no one really would have thought anything of it, as they were so used to seeing the car around the house.

    But how did the perp get there? On foot? Or an accomplice?
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    Pittsburgh television:

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    WPXI (NBC)

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    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/arti...ered-home.html

    Very sad. Sometimes it seems like no one is safe in this world.

    Some interesting points have been brought up by previous posters. I hope law enforcement is going thoroughly through their phone records and computers.
    My condolences to those whose lives have been shattered.

    I had a question ; and hope it's not too disrespectful :

    " ....'They're complex cases,' Medical Examiner Karl Williams said Saturday. "... Things change, bruising patterns change, different things if you wait a little while.

    'We do it fairly routinely if we think we may be able to see other patterns of injury develop after a period of time,' Dr. Williams told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette....."
    From above link in my post.

    May be graphic :

    After the women were deceased... what would change about "bruising patterns" ? Doesn't everything just stop at death and look like when the victim just breathed their last ?

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    As a former Pittsburgher, I know people who knew them personally. I even have a family member who was being treated by Dr. Wolfe. This is incredibly sad and horrific, and even moreso knowing how many people are directly affected by this loss.

    One thing that I am curious about is the effect of the extreme weather/snow that Western PA has been hit with recently. On that Thursday, it was a high of 22 degrees with light snow all day. There's been a ton of snow in the past week, and I wonder if any footprints near the vehicle could have been spotted before they were buried by more snow.

    Also, because it's been so cold, I imagine it would be unusual to see someone outside, unless they were waiting for a bus or trudging towards their own car. Makes me wonder if this person had their getaway car waiting for them somewhere near where they ditched the sisters' car.

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    Single gunshot killed each sister. They were side by side.

    Pittsburgh police would not say Sunday whether anyone has been charged in the case.


    http://qctimes.com/news/local/single...ad57720e5.html

    Maybe they have someone in custody or are talking to a POI.

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    <snipped>
    Neighbors recall seeing lights on through the night at the home of Sarah and Susan Wolfe on Chislett Street in East Liberty.
    “The third floor, the second floor, the first floor, I just thought that was unusual,” neighbor Mary Anne Lipinski said on Saturday.

    Read more: http://triblive.com/news/allegheny/5...#ixzz2stOKXRvT
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    This is a very sad case.

    Considering that the home had been ransacked in December and then Thursday night - when the murders probably occurred - neighbors reported seeing lights on the 1st, 2nd and 3rd floors of the house, it sounds like someone was looking for a specific item in the house. Neighbors also reported it being a low-crime neighborhood, so it appears the perp had a specific target or purpose.

    Since the Wolfe sister hadn't lived in the house long, I'm inclined to think they were not the actual targets but unexpectedly walked into a burglary in progress. Who lived in the house previously and why did they move? I'm thinking that the previous owner may hold the key to finding the killer, if LE doesn't already have a suspect.

    I wonder how long Susan's 5:30 appointment lasted Thursday evening. Could Sarah have been dead before Susan got home? The killer may have taken each woman to the basement before shooting her so that the shots would be muffled and not reported.

    It's puzzling why the killer would take Sarah's car and ditch it about a mile away, unless it was to escape the crime scene quicker and with a lower likelihood of being noticed. He would have found the car key easily if Sarah walked in while he was in the house. It would have been convenient for him if Sarah carried the car and house key on the same chain. By locking the door and taking the car, too, it could suggest to people checking up on them that the women had gone somewhere together.

    Since the car was found not far from the neighborhood, and the perp apparently didn't drive his own vehicle to the Wolfe's house, he likely lives nearby.

    I hope there is sufficient evidence to find and lock away forever whoever did this to two beautiful, gifted and much loved women.
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    Alleged former owner, first comment beneath article:

    http://triblive.com/news/allegheny/5...#axzz2srp14n5u


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    No arrests made in slayings of adult Pittsburgh sisters

    "We're asking anyone in the East Liberty area or Highland Park to call us if they can give us a piece of the puzzle," city police Lt. Daniel Herrmann said. "It could be a minute piece of the puzzle but it still puts something into our puzzle."

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