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March 6, 2014

Arrest made in deaths

CLINTON — An arrest Wednesday in the death of two sisters formerly of Clinton brought appreciation toward the Pittsburgh Police Department.

Allen Darell Wade, 43, turned himself in Wednesday in Pittsburgh after being charged with robbing and killing Susan and Sarah Wolfe, of Pittsburgh. Jack Wolfe, the sisters’ father and owner of Wolfe Law Office in Clinton, appreciated the work by the Pittsburgh Police Department.

“We are pleased to hear authorities identified and arrested the man responsible for my daughters’ deaths,” Jack Wolfe said. “He represented a danger to all members of the community and needed to be apprehended.”

Sister and Iowa Rep. Mary Wolfe also praised the Pittsburgh Police Department’s efforts.

“I’m extremely appreciative of the hard work and dedication of the Pittsburgh law enforcement community and of the unwavering support my family and I have received,” Mary said.

Susan, 44, known as “Suzy,” and Sarah, 38, were found dead Feb. 7 after police were called to their residence when they didn’t show up for work. Both women were found in the basement of the home they shared. Each was shot once in the head, police said.

The sisters grew up in Clinton and Suzy lived in the Gateway area until moving out to the sisters’ East Liberty neighborhood a few months before the February incident. A funeral on Feb. 14 in Clinton for the sisters drew hundreds of supporters.

Jack said police kept the family notified throughout the investigation. They were alerted that a sealed warrant had been issued, which was made public Wednesday.

Wade was wanted on charges including criminal homicide, robbery, theft and a firearms violation in the slayings of the Wolfe sisters, his former neighbors.

Wade was questioned by police late last month but released. He denied wrongdoing at the time.

Lt. Kevin Kraus said Wade had since vacated the home next door to the Wolfes’ residence and police were searching for him Wednesday before he turned himself in. They provided no other details on his surrender, though Kraus said police were alerted to Wade’s plans by monitoring his Facebook page.

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