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February 8, 2014

Iowa mourns Wolfe family tragedy

CLINTON -- Tragic news from Pennsylvania reached the ears of Clinton residents early Saturday morning when a tearful state senator addressed them.

State Rep. Mary Wolfe was absent from the Clinton Area Chamber of Commerce Legislative Coffee despite meeting with business leaders less than a day before. One of Wolfe’s friends from the Legislature, Sen. Rita Hart, told the audience Saturday that shortly after Friday’s town hall meeting in Clinton, Wolfe learned her sisters -- Susan and Sarah Wolfe -- were found dead in their East Liberty, Penn. home near Pittsburgh.

“It’s just, pretty horrific and the Wolfe family are, you know, they’re good people so it’s hard,” Hart said through a thickened voice. “So, I’m sure that you will all reach out to them and we’ll get through this like everything else.

“We’re going to keep her in our prayers and our thoughts and do whatever we can to support her through this.”

Pittsburgh authorities were called to the 700 block of Chislett Street, East Liberty on Friday when Susan Wolfe didn’t show up to work. A friend of the Wolfes let police into the home, where they discovered what is now being called a homicide.

The sisters were pronounced dead at 1:48 p.m. Eastern Time, and the Allegheny County Medical Examiner’s office confirmed Sunday they died of single gunshot wounds to the head.

Sarah and Susan were two of eight children in the John Wolfe family. Sarah Wolfe, 38, moved to Pittsburgh several years ago and was a pediatrician and psychologist who worked at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. Susan Wolfe, 44, had recently joined her sister in Pennsylvania and was working as a teacher’s aide.

Both previously lived in Clinton. Funeral arrangements are pending.

The news has grieved Mary Wolfe’s fellow legislators. Rep. Steve Olson of DeWitt joined Rep. Wolfe in Clinton on Friday shortly before she received a call from Allegheny County authorities. Olson said he spent the weekend notifying fellow legislators.

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