Pa. man faces homicide charge after wife found dead in stairwell

NORTH CATASAUQUA, Pa. (AP) -- Authorities say a man is facing a criminal homicide charge in the death of his wife, which officials said they believe occurred two days before her body was found in their eastern Pennsylvania home.

Officers responded to a call of a cardiac arrest at the North Catasauqua home Friday night and found 48-year-old Holly Cernobyl dead in the basement exterior stairwell.

The Northampton County coroner's office said she died of strangulation and blunt force trauma. Coroner Zachary Lysek ruled the death a homicide and said she was probably killed Wednesday.

Forty-nine-year-old Kenneth Cernobyl was taken into custody early Saturday on a homicide charge. A message left Sunday at a number listed in his name wasn't immediately returned.

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