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Police identify North Buffalo woman who killed mother

A woman apparently killed her elderly mother in their North Buffalo home and then drove to Pennsylvania where she committed suicide at a motel Wednesday, Buffalo police reported.

Police identified the daughter as Hannah Lilien and her mother as Soshana Lilien.

Police in Cranberry Township, a community north of Pittsburgh, were dispatched at 12:45 p.m. Wednesday to the Red Roof Inn, where staff had discovered the body of a 55-year-old woman in one of the motel rooms.

“The woman had not checked out, and the checkout time had passed,” said Cranberry Township Police Sgt. Chuck Mascellino, public information officer.

Hannah Lilien had numerous self-inflicted wounds, Mascellino said. Several items were found in the room, Mascellino said.

“One of the items indicated she may have harmed her mother in their shared residence in Buffalo,” said Mascellino, declining to identify the item.

Cranberry Township Police contacted Buffalo police who dispatched officers to “check the welfare” at the home located in the 100 block of Cunard Road about 2:30 p.m.

Police, who made a forced entry at the residence, discovered the body of her 85-year-old mother, Soshana.

An autopsy conducted in Pennsylvania Wednesday night confirmed the younger woman died of self-inflicted wounds. The cause of death was a suicide, said Mascellino.

“We believe she came here because a family member lives in the Pittsburgh area,” he said.

“The investigation remain open, but at this point we don’t believe there are more involved parties,” said Mascellino.

Cranberry Township is an affluent suburb of Pittsburgh with a population of 30,000. It is the headquarters for Westinghouse.

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