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February 9, 2014

BREAKING NEWS: Wolfe sisters died of gunshots to the head

EAST LIBERTY, Penn. —

An officer from the Allegheny County Medical Examiner's office confirmed today that the two sisters of state Rep. Mary Wolfe were victims of homicide, with both sustaining gunshot wounds to the head.

"Both Sarah and Susan (Wolfe) the cause of death (was a) gunshot wound to the head," said the officer, confirming the time of their deaths at 1:48 p.m. Eastern Time on Friday. He confirmed their manner of death was a homicide.

The Medical Examiner's office conducted autopsies on the two women Saturday.

The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported Saturday that Dr. Karl Williams, Allegheny County Medical Examiner, was still waiting on more results of the autopsy to determine an exact time of death.

"They're complex cases," Williams told the Gazette. "... 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," Williams said.

The Gazette broke news late Friday that the sisters of Mary Wolfe – Susan Wolfe, 44, and Sarah Wolfe, 38 – were pronounced dead at 1:48 p.m. from apparent gunshot wounds in their basement on Chislett Street in East Liberty. 

Mary Wolfe, of Clinton, their sister, represents District 98 in the Legislature, which covers Clinton, Andover, Goose Lake and Charlotte.

“Right this minute, we’re still trying to figure out what happened,” Mary Wolfe told the Gazette on Friday. “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.”

At around 9:30 p.m., Saturday, Wolfe posted on Facebook to thank those who have reached out to her and her family in light of the tragic news.

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