Huffpost Politics

State Rep's Sisters Found Shot To Death

Posted: Updated:
Iowa House
Iowa House

Two sisters of a state lawmaker were found dead on Friday, the Des Moines Register reported.

Police said that Susan and Sarah Wolfe, sisters of Iowa state representative Mary Wolfe (D), were shot to death in their home in Pennsylvania. Another state lawmaker confirmed the news to the Des Moines Register.

"They were both incredible people, and we would like their friends and colleagues to know a little bit more about them and how much we appreciate their thoughts and wishes," Wolfe told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

According to the Post-Gazette, Wolfe said she was one of eight children. Her website says that she has two other brothers and three other sisters. The family was raised in Iowa.

Iowa House Majority Leader Mark Smith told the Quad City Times that Wolfe would be taking time off to deal with the "horrible tragedy."

More from the Associated Press:

Two sisters of an Iowa state representative have been found dead of gunshot wounds to the head 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.

A sister, Mary Wolfe, is an Iowa Democratic state representative who lives in Clinton. Her website says she is the oldest of eight children, six girls and two boys.

Pittsburgh police Lt. Daniel Herrmann said they don't have a motive for the killings, and there were no signs of forced entry. Family members, most of whom live in Iowa, said they're still trying to figure out what happened.

The Allegheny County medical examiner's office said both women died of single gunshot wounds to the head.

Herrmann said police are asking the public for information about anything that may have been seen or heard Thursday between the hours of 5 and 9 p.m. near the sisters' home or near where their car was discovered.

On her Facebook page Saturday night, Rep. Wolfe thanked friends, neighbors and colleagues for their support.

"We are so grateful," she wrote. "Heartbroken, but grateful."

Dr. Claudia M. Roth, CEO of Western Psychiatric, said in a statement that she mourned the loss of both lives and said Sarah "was known as a very compassionate, warm, caring and bright physician who was praised by patients, families, staff and colleagues."

Sarah Wolfe purchased the home in the East Liberty neighborhood on Dec. 3 for $210,000, Allegheny County records show. Susan Wolfe had recently moved from Iowa to Pittsburgh to live with her sister.

Neighbors said the area is normally quiet and safe.

Also on HuffPost:

Close
10 Major Crimes That Shocked the Nation (SLIDESHOW)
of
Share
Tweet
Advertisement
Share this
close
Current Slide

Suggest a correction

Around the Web

FAMILY TRAGEDY: Lawmaker's Two Sisters Murdered | WHOTV.com

Sibling of slain sisters says family trying to process deaths; police ...

FAMILY TRAGEDY: Lawmaker's Two Sisters Murdered

Baltimore Sun photographer Amy Davis

Southern Maryland volunteer opportunities