Police continue search for person of interest in Westmoreland Co. murder

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LAUREL MOUNTAIN BOROUGH, Pa. - Police in Westmoreland County have launched a homicide investigation after a woman was found dead inside a home in Laurel Mountain Borough late Friday night.

According to Ligonier Borough police, Angela Cavalero, 52, was found on the floor of the Locust Road home about 10 p.m. She was pronounced dead about 11:30 p.m. The cause of her death has not been determined pending the results of an autopsy scheduled for Sunday.

Police said Cavalero was staying in the home with her boyfriend, who police are calling a person of interest.

Ligonier Police Chief John Berger said, “As far as I know, we’ve had some minor disturbances, but there was never anything that would signal what happened.”

Berger said officers went to the house a couple of times during the week after Cavalero’s family said they weren’t able to get in contact with her for a few days.

“Officers came out and they couldn’t get a response. The owner of the home’s vehicle wasn’t there,” said Berger.

On Friday night, police went to the house again and noticed the door, which had been locked during previous checks on the house, was open.

“There was no sign of a forced entry, so we would have to believe that maybe he did come back,” said Berger.

When asked if it appeared that Cavalero had been dead for “awhile,” Berger responded, “That’s what we’re being told, yes.”

The boyfriend, who is not being identified, has not been located. Police said he may be driving a dark blue 1995 Mercury Grand Marquis with Pennsylvania plate JGT-7999 and religious stickers on the back bumper.