Slain sisters were shot in the head, medical examiner says

by: Bill Zlatos, TribLIVE Updated:


PITTSBURGH - Two women discovered dead in their home in East Liberty died from single gunshots in the head, the Allegheny County medical examiner said on Sunday.

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After an extended autopsy, Dr. Karl Williams ruled the deaths of Dr. Sara Wolfe and her older sister Susan Wolfe were homicides. Neither he nor Pittsburgh police major crimes Lt. Daniel Herrmann would provide further details of their investigation.

“We don't want the bad guy to get everything we know,” Herrmann said.

He said police are not ready to release a description of any possible suspects in the crime, which friends discovered on Friday.

“There are people we are looking at, but nothing we can release,” he said. “We're confident we're going to solve this crime in an expeditious, quick manner.”

Sarah Wolfe, 38, a psychiatrist for Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic, and Susan Wolfe, 44, a teacher's aide at Hillel Academy of Pittsburgh in Squirrel Hill died in a home the younger sibling bought in December on Chislett Street. Friends and police went to the home when the women did not show for work. They found the bodies in the home's basement.

Herrmann said police do not know whether anything was stolen from the house because the sisters are not alive to say what, if anything, is missing.

Police found Sarah Wolfe's car about 1:15 a.m. Saturday on South Whitfield Street between Penn Avenue and Baum Boulevard, nearly a mile from their home.

Police have been examining the car for trace evidence such as hair or DNA. “There's nothing that shows this is a smoking gun,” Herrmann said.

Susan Wolfe usually took a bus to work. Police want those who have seen the sisters or who were in the East End on Thursday or Friday to report anything they might know.

“We're asking the community there if they saw her walk from the bus stop home,” he asked. “Did anyone follow her? Did she stop to talk to anyone?”

Bill Zlatos is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-320-7828 or