Two sisters of Iowa politician Mary Wolfe were found murdered in their Pennsylvania home this week, and Pittsburgh police are still trying to find a motive for the brutal double slaying.
The bodies of Susan and Sarah Wolfe were found Friday in their basement. Police were alerted this week when one of the sisters failed to show up for work.
Iowa state Rep. Mary Wolfe thanked those who extended sympathies, writing in a Facebook post that the family was “heartbroken, but grateful.”
By Sunday, police still hadn’t released a cause and time of death, though they did note that a car belonging to one of the sisters was found on Saturday. Police also said there were no signs of forced entry in the home the sisters shared.
The sisters lived in the East Liberty neighborhood, which residents described as quiet. Records show that Sarah Wolfe purchased a home there in December for $210,000, and that Susan Wolfe recently moved to Pittsburgh from Iowa to live with her sister.
Sarah Wolfe was a psychiatrist with the Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic, while Susan was a teacher’s aide at Hillel Academy in Pittsburgh.
After word of the deaths got out, Western Psychiatric issued a statement mourning the death of both sisters, noting that Sarah “was known as a very compassionate, warm, caring and bright physician who was praised by patients, families, staff and colleagues.”
Mary Wolfe is a Democrat serving her second term in the Iowa House of Representatives. A biography on the Iowa House website notes that she is the oldest of eight children in her family.