Police find bodies of two sisters in East Liberty
A psychiatrist at Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic and her sister were found shot to death Friday in the basement of their recently purchased home in East Liberty.
The bodies of the women — identified by neighbors and co-workers as Dr. Sarah Wolfe, 38, and Susan Wolfe, 44 — were found once police were called at 12:45 p.m. to check on the well-being of one of the women, whose employer became concerned when she did not show up for work, Pittsburgh police Lt. Daniel M. Herrmann said.
Police walked around the house and saw nothing suspicious, he said. However, a male friend of one of the women got a key to the home.
“The officer and the friend went into the basement and saw the body of one of the women and immediately backed out and called homicide,” Herrmann said. “When we arrived, we went downstairs and found the other woman's body.
“We're not sure what we have here. Was it someone they let inside? There was no sign of a break-in,” Herrmann said.
Police throughout the region were asked to be on the lookout for a missing lime-green 2011 Ford Fiesta with the Pennsylvania license plate HSD7462 that belongs to one of the women. The vehicle was last seen by neighbors parked outside the home Thursday night.
“It is with deep sorrow and heavy hearts that we mourn the loss of Dr. Sarah Wolfe ... as well as the loss of her sister,” Dr. Claudia M. Roth, president and CEO of Western Psych in Oakland, said in a prepared statement.
“Sarah served children, adolescents and families at Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic, and served as a consultant at Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC. As a triple-boarded physician, Sarah was a pediatrician, child psychiatrist and an adult psychiatrist. She was an assistant professor with the University of Pittsburgh, department of psychiatry.
“She was known as a very compassionate, warm, caring and bright physician who was praised by patients, families, staff and colleagues,” Roth said.
Investigators said officials at the Hillel Academy in Squirrel Hill called police after Susan Wolfe did not show up for her job as a teacher's aide. School officials could not be reached for comment.
According to her Children's Hospital profile, Sarah Wolfe was a native of Clinton, Iowa, and graduate of the University of Iowa School of Medicine. She purchased the Chislett Street home on Dec. 3 for $210,000, Allegheny County records show.
Michael Hasch is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. Staff writer Bobby Kerlik contributed to this report.
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