Warrants, subpoenas issued in death of W. Pa. doc

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Allegheny County prosecutors say Pittsburgh police are investigating both homicide and suicide as possibilities in the sudden death of a physician who was later found to have high levels of cyanide poison in her system.

Forty-one-year-old Dr. Autumn Klein died April 20 after falling suddenly ill at home three days earlier. She headed the women’s neurology department at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center and taught at the university’s medical school, where her 64-year-old husband, Dr. Robert Ferrante, taught neurology.

City homicide detectives on Thursday obtained search warrants for the university and the home the couple shared with a 6-year-old daughter. Investigators have also subpoenaed records about cyanide at the school.

UPMC officials haven’t commented, nor has Dr. Ferrante. An attorney he has reportedly retained did not immediately return a call to confirm that.

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