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Woman, 39, and teen girl dead of 'sharp force injuries' in North Catasauqua

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Tom Shortell
State police vehicles are parked along the 1100 block of Railroad Street in North Catasauqua on Friday, Sept. 15, 2023.

  • The victims were found in a home in the 1100 block of Railroad Street
  • Authorities made no mention of arrests or a suspect in a news release Friday afternoon
  • Pennsylvania State Police are leading the investigation

NORTH CATASAUQUA, Pa. – Pennsylvania State Police released few details Friday afternoon as they continue to investigate Thursday’s double homicide in the borough.

In a news release, troopers said borough police were dispatched around 11:22 a.m. Thursday to a home on the 1100 block of Railroad Street.

Extended family members found the bodies of a 39-year-old woman and a 16-year-old girl inside the residence, according to the release.

Authorities did not identify the victims or their relation to one another. They also made no mention of a suspect or motive behind the killings.

Northampton County Coroner Zachary Lysek formally declared the two dead about two hours later Thursday. He ruled their deaths as homicides, saying the two died of "sharp force injuries," according to state police.

While authorities have not commented on any suspects in the case, Northampton County District Attorney Terry Houck previously said the public is not in danger.

Pennsylvania State Police are leading the investigation.