The Clinton Herald, Clinton, Iowa

March 6, 2014

Arrest made in deaths

By Scott Levine Herald Associate Editor
The Clinton Herald

---- — 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.

On it, Wade professed his innocence, writing, “I would like for the world to know I am 100 percent innocent I would never ever in any way Hurt a person so brutally it is not in my nature I have always respected women and will always continue to do so I am being framed to take the fall for this case and hopefully justice will prevail !”

In a criminal complaint, authorities suggested Wade attacked Suzy when she was home alone, based on surveillance video from a transit bus Suzy rode home, other video from Sarah’s employer and home alarm records that enabled detectives to reconstruct some of the sisters’ movements the night before they were found dead.

Police said items belonging to the sisters — identification cards, credit and bank cards, keys and cellphones — were missing. Police haven’t commented on a motive for the killings.

Police also used surveillance video to track Wade’s whereabouts after the slayings.

Police said Wade’s DNA was found on sweatpants a man was seen removing from behind a muffler shop about 1 a.m. Feb. 7. Police also found DNA from a male and a female under Suzy’s fingernails, and lab tests determined Wade couldn’t be excluded “as a contributor to this mixture.”

Other surveillance video showed Wade throwing something in a garbage can, where detectives found a pen with “Iowa” on it, police said. Federal firearms records show Wade has bought eight handguns since 1997, but they can’t account for three of the weapons. Police haven’t discussed the type of gun used to kill the sisters.

Wade remained in police custody, awaiting arraignment Wednesday afternoon. Under Pennsylvania law, he cannot be released on bond because he’s charged with homicide.

Jack said the family has not decided if they would attend a possible trial, but did indicate some family members will visit Pittsburgh in the near future.

“As much as anything else, we want to meet Suzy and Sarah’s many friends,” Jack said.

The Associated Press contributed to this story.