MOUNT PLEASANT (KDKA) — The deaths of a man and a woman who were found in a home in Mount Pleasant have been ruled a murder-suicide.
Police officers and the Westmoreland County Coroner’s Office were called to the home in the 200 block of College Avenue around 8 p.m. Wednesday.
Early Thursday morning, the coroner’s office issued its report on the deaths. It identified the deceased as Ashley Ugoletti, 27, of Monongahela, Washington County; and Nguyen Tran, 31, of Mount Pleasant.
The chief of police in Mount Pleasant says a family member first alerted authorities when they stopped by the house and saw something suspicious.
Tran worked as a nail tech at Ultra Nails. The shop’s owner, Jenny Nguyen, said she got a call from Tran’s mother asking her to come to his house. Both were there before police arrived and when they saw blood, they called 911.
Ugoletti was found in the basement of the house. The coroner’s report ruled her death as a homicide. It says she died from multiple stab wounds. The report says Tran died after hanging himself minutes after killing Ugoletti. His death was ruled as a suicide. His body was found in a closet.
Tran had worked at the nail salon for about a month and according to the owner, left early Wednesday saying he hurt his back.
The exact relationship between Ugoletti and Tran is unclear. Authorities have said they were not in a relationship.
Ugoletti worked as a dancer at Blush in Pittsburgh. Last month, she and another dancer were arrested and charged with prostitution and cocaine distribution.
During an undercover sting, Ugoletti and the other dancer allegedly offered a man sex for $1,200 on his birthday. For another $100, they’d throw in some cocaine. That man was an undercover cop.
Meanwhile, Mount Pleasant Borough Police and the Westmoreland County Detective Bureau are investigating the murder-suicide.
Stay with KDKA for the latest on this developing story.