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Search on for upstate NY woman after 3 found dead

November 22, 2013
Associated Press

PLEASANT VALLEY, N.Y. (AP) — An upstate New York woman is missing a day after her husband and two sons were found shot to death, state police said Friday.

Troopers said they are searching for Sarwat Lodhi, 43, as the investigation continues into the deaths of Abbas Lodhi, 49, and the boys, Zain, 9, and Mugthba, 13.

They described Sarwat Lodhi as a victim, and Trooper Melissa McMorris said investigators believe she has unspecified injuries.

The father and one of his sons were found shot to death Thursday morning in a car parked at a supermarket in the Hudson Valley town of Pleasant Valley, 75 miles north of Manhattan. A shotgun believed to have been used in the killing was found with the car. Police said they later found the other boy's body at the family's home.

State police haven't said who they believe was behind the killings. But Capt. John Ryan described the deaths a "family tragedy" and said Thursday there wasn't a public safety concern.

State records show Abbas Lohdi had a pharmacy license since 1993 and the chamber of commerce in nearby Hyde Park lists him as the owner of the Hyde Park Pharmacy. A call to the pharmacy referred former customers to a CVS branch, where an employee said they had no comment.

A photo of Sarwat Lodhi provided by police appears to be from the same image she uses for her profile on Facebook, which includes a number of friends in or from Pakistan.

The Arlington Central School District, where the boys were in the fourth and eighth grades, said it was providing grief counseling Friday for schoolmates and staff.



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