“I can’t see him hurting a fly”

Steve Wolfgang, 46, is a father of two elementary school age children. Neighbors describe him as “He was the type of guy who had a lot of friends, the type of guy you took a liking to. He was easygoing, just a laid-back person.” “I can’t see him hurting a fly.” Steve was a coal miner, but after hurting his back at work he was often in intense pain. But neighbors say that didn’t stop him from being a friend and helping out when he could.

Four years ago he married Sherry, 42. The mother of two adult children, Sherry was working in a shirt factory, but she quit to stay home with Wolfgang’s two children. Neighbors describe her as “happy-go-lucky.”

Neighbors say the couple appeared to get along well. They tended a vegtable garden together, camped, and visited with neighbors.

Monday at 12:07 pm firefighters responded to a report of a vehicle fire. As they were extinguishing the blaze, Steve Wolfgang came out of the woods. He told firefighters it was his car and that he set it on fire. He was taken to the hospital for treatment of injuries and was later arrested for arson. During that time it was determined that Sherry Wolfgang was missing.

After his arraignment on the arson charges, Wolfgang spoke with reporters. He denied knowing the whereabouts of his wife. He allegedly stated “I think she left me,” “I couldn’t raise my children without her. I wanted to die.” He denied knowing what happened to his wife and said he thought she left him.

According to one report Wolfgang told family members that he and Sherry had been drinking and had begun arguing. That Sherry said she was leaving and packed her bags and taken her wedding rings off. That he had passed out and when he woke he found Sherry gone and her packed bags still at the home.

Sherry Wolfgang’s family did not buy  the story. As Sherry’s sister pointed out, both Sherry’s vehicle and Wolfgang’s vehicle were accounted for as well as the fact that he had dropped her packed bags off with family members.

Search’s were begun for Sherry Wolfgang in both the wooded area where the vehicle was located and a nearby creek. Searchers were contending with cold temperatures both with the air temperature and with the water temperature at about 40 degrees. The water is murky and rapid. There risk’s for the searcher’s of hypothermia, of falling into the water.

Currently Wolfgang is being held on charges of 2 counts of arson, and one count each of risking catastrophe and criminal mischief.

Despite the denials to reporters and family members, court documents show that Wolfgang may have been telling the police a different story. Allegedly at the hospital Wolfgang told state police that he and his wife had argued. Allegedly he had knocked her down, attempted to strangle her and shoved towels in her mouth. In the affidavit police stated “When that failed Steven then knelt on his wife’s chest and began to strike her chest with her knees” and that she died. He allegedly put her into a metal trunk, took it to the creek and threw it in. Allegedly he also left some clothing at the scene along the creek and that has been recovered. And allegedly before driving his wife’s body to the creek, Wolfgang left a note in the kitchen of the home admitting his guilt.

Wolfgang has not been charged with the murder of Sherry Wolfgang. According to the district attorney he cannot place a charge of murder until the body is found.  “Under Pennsylvania law, you cannot arrest someone on a confession alone.”

Steve Wolfgang’s children are now with relatives.

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It is often hard to admit. But ‘nice’ people do sometimes commit murder. And if faced with a crime they do lie to friends, relatives, and police. Sometimes even when faced with overwhelming evidence they will continue to lie about a crime.

Here, Wolfgang is accused of telling the police what happened, but of continuing to lie to the public and to relatives. Many times the thought of facing censure from family and friends is worse than the thoughts of going to prison.

With no charges for the murder, he is being held only on the arson. But if convicted on the arson, there will be time for the body to be found. And discarded bodies have a habit of popping up unexpectedly. Though you can count on additional trauma to the person who locates the remains. In the meantime, searchers are facing risks in order to try to locate her remains and give the family justice and the body of their loved one.

Though they have an idea of what happened, until her remains are found family will have no way to bury their loved one, no place to go to mourn the one they lost. And no recourse to justice for the crime that he allegedly has admitted to.

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15 Comments

  1. Nicole said,

    January 16, 2007 at 10:07 pm

    I live right up the Street from Sherry, i used to see her on a daily.
    When i pass the house that it “happened” at i get the creeps. Mount Carmel is a small town, no one would ever think that something like this would happen in the coal region.
    My heart goes out to her family.. Seeing her front porch with flowers and candles brakes my heart.
    Hopefully “Steven” will speak up about this whole situation.
    And Let Sherry be put to rest respectfully.
    god bless

  2. Emma Ahrensfield said,

    March 17, 2007 at 12:04 am

    My heart aches each & everyday for Sherry! I can’t believe this happened to a very nice person with long hard strungles without her life. She didn’t deserve to DIE!! She would of give her shirt off her back for ya. About 1-1/2 years
    before this happened. She came to a store where I was working and said “Emma if anything ever happens to me like showing up missing PROMISE ME you’d make sure to cops know it would be him! She pointed to Steve. I said O my GOD Sherry yes i would. I promise you. And I looked at Steve and told him this You better not ever hurt her cuz you will have me to answer to. He turned his head and con’t shopping. Than I said Sherry things can’t be that bad are they? I WILL NEVER FORGET THAT LOOK ON HER FACE as she said if you only knew. Thats when I told her to call me but never did. Every time my phone rings to this day I still jump. I have nightmares that seam so real. I will keep my promise to Sherry which I did by talking to the State Police but I will see this MURDER through.

    I ask everyone to pray to Sherry. ****GOD BLESS YOU SHERRY****

  3. Melissa said,

    May 9, 2007 at 4:26 am

    I think that it was gettho what he did

  4. Emma Ahrensfield said,

    January 6, 2008 at 5:28 am

    Today Jan. 5, 2008
    Finally Steve Wolfgang has been charged for Sherry’s Murder. I did believed him from the start of what happened. This has been on me , Agie and her family but now atleast he was charged and Sherry can be laid to rest in peace.
    Kelly’s Funeral Home in Shamokin
    Jan. 8th
    Viewing 12 Noon
    Funeral 1 p.m.

    Dinner will be held at the American Legion in Mt Carmel

    *GOD BLESS YOU SHERRY* YOU WILL BE SADLY MISSED!
    Your friends
    Emma Ahrensfield – MtCarmel
    Agie Snyder/Malwery _ Elysburg

  5. Emma Ahrensfield said,

    June 23, 2008 at 2:30 pm

    It’s been 17 months since I last my friend “Sherry” and yes it’s been hard on me, Agie & her family. I ask everyone not to forget her and to see justice though.
    **GOD BLESS SHERRY**

  6. May 19, 2009 at 11:30 am

    It’s already May 2009 and still waitin for Sherry to be at peace. We know that is going to happen for sure this year as we’ve been told. Steve’s trail will most likely be this coming Aug or Sept. I will never forget the day Sherry had warned me about Steven threatening to hurt her. Please if this happens to you don’t take it as a joke. Do something before it’s to late like I did! Please don’t forget my dear friend Sherry along with anyone else MURDERED. Keep them all in your prayers.
    Sadly missed *Sherry Wolfgang*

  7. January 30, 2010 at 2:03 pm

    Update information…..
    Wolfgang pulls no-contest plea
    By Domenick Moore (Staff Writer domenick_m@newsitem.com)
    Published: January 1, 2010
    SUNBURY – Accused killer Steven D. Wolfgang provided yet another shocking development when, on Sept. 24, he withdrew his plea of no contest and eventually pleaded not guilty in the third-degree murder case against him.

    Now his trial is scheduled for March 2010.

    ***Sherry will never be forgotten***

    Now, Wolfgang, of Mount Carmel, will go to trial for allegedly killing his wife and dumping her body into a creek three years ago.

    It is The News-Item’s No. 2 story of 2009. The murder itself was the No. 1 story of 2007.

    By withdrawing the plea, which he first entered on May 27, Wolfgang now faces a trial on an open count of criminal homicide and the possibility of the death penalty, which District Attorney Tony Rosini plans to seek

  8. Emma Leedom/Ahrensfield said,

    February 23, 2010 at 3:44 pm

    Finally going to trail!! Im hoping to see alot more support at this upcoming trial. It will be held March 15, 2010 at the Sunbury Court House.

    Published February 23, 2010 08:17 am – Faced with conflicting testimony from psychiatrists about whether accused killer Steven Wolfgang is competent to stand trial, a county judge heeded the observation of a prosecution witness who called Wolfgang’s symptoms “over the top.”

    Northumberland County President Judge Robert B. Sacavage ruled Monday that Wolfgang is competent to stand trial next month.
    The ruling was issued after a day-long hearing in which expert witnesses disagreed about Wolfgang’s competency.

    Wolfgang, 49, is scheduled to go on trial in about three weeks for beating his wife, Sherry, to death in their Mount Carmel home on Jan. 5, 2007, and dumping her body in Mahanoy Creek where it was found six months later.

    He could face the death penalty if convicted of first-degree murder.

    Judge: Wolfgang competent to be tried

    By Marcia Moore
    The Daily Item

    SUNBURY —
    Faced with conflicting testimony from psychiatrists about whether accused killer Steven Wolfgang is competent to stand trial, a county judge heeded the observation of a prosecution witness who called Wolfgang’s symptoms “over the top.”
    Northumberland County President Judge Robert B. Sacavage ruled Monday that Wolfgang is competent to stand trial next month.

    The ruling was issued after a day-long hearing in which expert witnesses disagreed about Wolfgang’s competency.

    Wolfgang, 49, is scheduled to go on trial in about three weeks for beating his wife, Sherry, to death in their Mount Carmel home on Jan. 5, 2007, and dumping her body in Mahanoy Creek where it was found six months later.

    He could face the death penalty if convicted of first-degree murder.

    Defense attorney Paige Rosini called two psychiatrists, Dr. Robert Sadoff and Dr. Elaine Martin, both of University of Pennsylvania, to testify about Wolfgang’s inability to mentally understand the judicial proceedings against him and assist in his defense.

    District Attorney Anthony Rosini questioned the timing of Wolfgang’s alleged mental issues.

    “When someone suddenly becomes delusional on the eve of trial, doesn’t that raise some red flags?” he asked Martin.

    Testifying via video, Sadoff and Martin said they determined during a three-hour meeting with Wolfgang on Dec. 16 that he suffers from delusional disorder and auditory hallucinations and don’t believe he’s faking the symptoms.

    Specifically, they said, Wolfgang claims a microchip was implanted in his body and his thoughts and actions are being monitored by a psychiatrist and state police.

    He also doesn’t trust his attorney because she’s related to the prosecutor and believes President Judge Robert B. Sacavage is biased.

    Defense attorney Rosini and DA Rosini are second cousins.

    Prosecution witness, Dr. Neil Blumberg, testified there is no evidence that Wolfgang suffers any mental illness and said he believes the defendant is making up symptoms about hearing voices and being monitored through an implanted microchip.

    “I thought it was over the top,” Blumberg said of the symptoms Wolfgang claimed he suffered.

    DA Rosini called Jessica Brouse, a corrections officer from Northumberland County jail, to testify about the books Wolfgang checked out of the law library in the months leading up to his meetings with the psychiatrist.

    Among the books, were legal textbooks concerning insanity and mental health issues in criminal cases, Brouse said.

    Wolfgang was alert throughout the hearing, which was attended by his parents and several of Sherry Wolfgang’s relatives.

    Although jury selection is slated to begin March 8, it could be delayed by the defense and prosecution’s request for psychiatric evaluations on Wolfgang prior to trial.

  9. Emma Leedom/Ahrensfield said,

    February 25, 2010 at 2:34 pm

    Here’s a update…As of last night 2/24/10 I was informed Steve Wolfgang’s trial date has been postpond until later this year. It could be in Sept.

    ~Someday we all will see Justice be served~

    Don’t forget Sherry Wolfgang in your prayers along with all the other murdered victims.

    ~God Bless Sherry~

  10. Emma said,

    June 10, 2010 at 11:25 pm

    Yes finally!!! The trial is back on for Sept 20, 2010.
    “Sherry we’re all still thinkin about you”

  11. Amanda Wolfgang said,

    June 24, 2010 at 7:27 pm

    Do You’s Understand Sherry? I’m Steve’s Daughter.
    When They Used To Argue She Used Me As Her Shield! So Heart Felt, Huh? So When You Look At Sherry As a Normal, Caring Person, Think Of What She Put Me Through.

  12. Amanda Wolfgang said,

    June 24, 2010 at 7:27 pm

    Think Of What Could Have Happend To a 9 Year Old, Living In That House.

  13. Emma said,

    June 25, 2010 at 12:47 am

    Amanda….I prayed for u along with ur brother sweetie. It’s a shame things go wrong in life.
    U can write to me anytime u’d like. Heres my email address: buttrcup64@yahoo.com

  14. Emma said,

    July 1, 2010 at 2:51 pm

    Well our hearts are broken!!! I never thought for one minute Sherry’s children would to take a plea bargin with Steven on the 3rd degree instead of 1st degree. So, of course he won’t get what he really deserves! This is NOT fair at all!!!! To us he got away with MURDER!!! I know nothing would bring Sherry back but atleast I’d push for the limit if that was my mother!
    Now they say Sherry can rest in peace hmmm no we don’t agree.
    ~~Sherry we are and always will be thinkin of you!!~~

  15. Emma said,

    July 2, 2010 at 5:54 pm

    Today was Steve’s day in court (July 2, 2010)

    First I’d like to say to all of his children.
    Please don’t think for once we haven’t thought about what all you have gone through yourself.
    We wish nothing but the best for u!

    Yes Steve plead Bargin with no contest and got 20 to 40 years. It’s undecided as of right now if he will be credited for time served which I pray to god he doesn’t get it.

    Well now this chapter is closed and our lives will
    go on.

    ~*~Sherry I’m hoping your resting in peace~*~
    Sadly missed and never will be forgotten:
    Emma n Agie


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