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EAST LIBERTY (KDKA) – There are new details in the case of the brutal murder of two sisters in East Liberty.

Pittsburgh Police questioned a suspect in the case for hours and executed a search warrant at his home.

The man was picked up around 3:30 p.m. Wednesday along Chislett Street in East Liberty and brought to Pittsburgh Police headquarters.

The man was released around 3 a.m. on Thursday, with no charges. Police said the investigation continues.

 

“Commander Herrmann’s guys have done a tremendous job to get to this point, but there’s a lot of work that needs to be done,” said Allegheny County District Attorney Stephen Zappala. “It was necessary today to detain an individual to facility part of the investigation.”

KDKA’s Marty Griffin reports that one source described the man being questioned as “our guy.” He reportedly has several prior arrests for burglary and robbery.

He is reportedly familiar with the victims, the Wolfe sisters, and lives next door.

Police also served a search warrant at that man’s home late Wednesday night.

KDKA’s Kym Gable Reports:

It was about 10:40 p.m. Wednesday night when police executed the search warrant at the three three-unit apartment building on Chislett Street.

The house is right next door to the home in which Susan and Sarah Wolfe were murdered.

Lt. Dan Herrmann told KDKA’s Kym Gable that they could not release any information on what they were looking for, but he did confirm the K-9 on scene is a gun dog.

Nearly a dozen officers, plainclothes detectives and high-ranking supervisors entered the unit.

The crime scene investigations team also arrived.

Police set up a perimeter, blocking off a portion of Chislett Street to traffic.

This latest break came reportedly through diligent police work and the gathering of evidence and surveillance footage from neighborhood cameras, as well as cameras in the area of where the sisters’ car was found.

On Tuesday, police spoke to and then ruled out a possible witness in the case.

Then, on Tuesday night, police issued a photo of a man they believed to be a suspect.

The still photo of the man described as a possible suspect was taken from a surveillance video obtained from a Sunoco gas station on Highland Avenue.

Officers from the Zone 5 police station were shown the photo Tuesday night. On Wednesday, one of the officers spotted the man in question walking in East Liberty. That information was passed along to homicide detectives and they discovered that the man lived next door to the Wolfe sisters.

KDKA’s Marty Griffin Reports:

At the Sunoco station, sources say police found evidence in the trash containers that likely came from inside the house where Sarah and Susan Wolfe were found shot to death on Feb. 7.

The Wolfe sisters were found dead in their home on Chislett Street.

So far, no charges have been filed.

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