Second homicide in as many days probed in Schuylkill County
SHENANDOAH — One woman was found dead inside a borough home Tuesday afternoon, the victim of an apparent homicide. That comes a day after a West Mahanoy Township man was found dead in his home at 256 S. Wylam St., Altamont, near Frackville.
Schuylkill County Deputy Coroner Andrew Szczyglak, Shenandoah, said he pronounced Wendy Contreras, 38, of 518 W. Centre St., dead at 4:20 p.m. Tuesday.
A suspect has been identified as Lois Ramon Nunez-Calderon, 41, who was last known to reside at Contreras' address but is originally from the Bronx, N.Y., police said. His whereabouts are uknown.
Borough police said they were called to 518 W. Centre St. at 4:08 p.m. to assist Shenandoah EMS.
Police, who found the lifeless body of the woman in the house. They secured the scene and contacted Pennsylvania State Police.
Shenandoah police Chief George Carado said the decision was made to turn the investigation over to troopers who, according to their policies, activated their Major Case Team.
“They (state police) have the resources that we don’t,” Carado said.
Shortly after 4:30 p.m., state police Cpl. Leo Luciana and Trooper Joseph Aponick arrived and took over the investigation. The home was previously taped off by borough officers.
As night fell, more than 20 state police troopers arrived, some in uniform and others in plain clothes.
A Forensic Services Unit based at Troop L headquarters in Reading arrived and began to photograph the house and process the scene for evidence.
Troopers blocked off West Centre Street between Vine and Catherine streets while the investigation continued.
A neighbor, Ed Conrad, who lives on New York Street behind the house where Contreras was found, said the victim had a child and kept mainly to herself.
He said the woman was Hispanic and spoke very little English.
Troopers at the scene kept residents, onlookers and the media away from the home, allowing them only on the sidewalk across the street on the north side of Centre Street.
Anyone with information is asked to call state police at Frackville at 570-874-5300.
On Monday, David R. Halaburda, 50, was pronounced dead inside his West Mahanoy Township home by Szczyglak at 8:45 a.m. An autopsy at Lehigh Valley Hospital-Cedar Crest determined the cause of death was blunt force head and neck injuries and called the death a homicide.
No arrests have been made in that case.