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January 9, 2010

Woman dies of stabbing in Jennerstown

JENNERSTOWN — Two Somerset County sisters were stabbed in what state police said was a domestic dispute at a local motel Friday night, and one of them later was found dead along Route 30 not far from the motel where they had been living.

The dead woman was identified as Pamela Tunstall, 45, who died of multiple stab wounds to neck and chest, state police and Coroner Wallace Miller said.

Some of the dead woman’s wounds were self-inflicted, police said. But the coroner said that he has not ruled on the manner of death, pending further investigation.

An autopsy was performed at Memorial Medical Center in Johnstown, Miller said.

Evelyn Tunstall, 56, was stabbed numerous times by Pamela Tunstall during the dispute, police said in a release.

Evelyn Tunstall was transported to Memorial Medical Center in Johnstown, police said. She was listed in critical condition Saturday night, a nursing supervisor said.

Miller said that although Pamela Tunstall’s address was listed as Central City, she recently had moved to the Wishing Well Motel, where her sister has resided.

Police said Pamela Tunstall was found along the north berm of Route 30, about 200 yards from the motel.

Police did not release information about who found the woman.

Emergency medical personnel attempted to revive the woman, but were unsuccessful, according to police. The report of a domestic dispute was called in at 9:37 p.m., police said.

Police said Saturday that the investigation was continuing and released no additional details.

Miller clarified that the dead woman had not been hit by a vehicle along Route 30, as initial reports had indicated.

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