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TAYLOR -- UPDATE: A woman is dead and her husband is behind bars after a death investigation in Lackawanna County.

Investigators say Robert Sanchuk, 62, admitted to 911 dispatchers he killed his wife Jill in a home on Prince Street in Taylor.

Officers say the woman's body was found in the home covered in blood Tuesday.

"The charges tonight (Tuesday) are aggravated assault, simple assault, recklessly endangering another person. It's right now regarded as a suspicious death. We'll be awaiting forensics autopsy. Hopefully, they conduct it tomorrow (Wednesday), maybe we'll know more at that point in time, potentially amend our charges," said Lackawanna County District Attorney Shane Scanlon.

An autopsy is scheduled for Wednesday to find out how she died.

Sanchuk faces assault charges right now, but the district attorney says that could change depending on the outcome of the investigation in Lackawanna County.

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Police have made an arrest in a death investigation in Lackawanna County.

Investigators spent hours at a home in Taylor Tuesday evening, gathering evidence. Police were called to the home on Prince Street around 4:25 p.m.

"We have the state police forensics unit out here. They're assisting us with processing the scene,” said Taylor Police Chief Stephen Derenick.

Authorities arrested Robert Sanchuk, 62,  of Taylor. Investigators said Sanchuk is the one who called 911.

When police arrived at his home, they found a body inside. They said there were signs of blunt-force trauma.

Lackawanna County District Attorney Shane Scanlon did say neighbors don't have to be worried.

"It's contained. We don't believe there's any fear for the public,” said Scanlon.

Those living nearby say they are surprised by the scene outside their front doors.

"We haven't had anything like this, supposedly in my lifetime. What took place I really couldn't say because I'm waiting to hear myself,” John Yackobowikz, who lives nearby on Prince Street.

Sanchuk was charged with aggravated assault, simple assault, reckless endangerment. He may face additional charges once an autopsy is complete.

The district attorney said Sanchuk may face additional charges once an autopsy is complete.

There is no word on a possible motive.

Investigators have not released any information about the victim at this point.


  • Sal

    WILK Steve Corbit will be all over this unless he finds out this guy is muslim or a mexican or a minority or gay or transgender or all of the above then it won’t fit the Steve Corbit agenda that the most evil are white men. Listen today to WILK at 3pm and hear pure leftist anger, callers cut off and a 60’s has-been agitator pretend he’s a journalist

    • Diana

      I agree with you about Corbett but why tell people to listen to him. If he gets listeners they’ll never get rid of him. People stop listening to him and he’ll be gone.

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