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Pa. police want to speak with woman's adopted son in home invasion

Troopers say Marcus Wallace is missing link in case

Troopers say Marcus Wallace is missing link in case

December 11, 2009|By KATE S. ALEXANDER

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. -- Pennsylvania State Police hope that speaking with the adopted son of a 70-year-old woman who was critically injured Thursday in a home invasion will lead to a suspect.

Marcus Wallace, of no fixed address, is the last available source of information in the case, according to Trooper Ed Asbury, spokesman for the Pennsylvania State Police.

"Talking with Mr. Wallace should clear up a lot," Asbury said.

Police have been unable to pinpoint a suspect in the early-morning invasion of a two-story home on Pleasantview Drive in Hamilton Township, Pa.

Consuella Wallace sustained blows to her head and face during the incident and remained in critical condition Friday afternoon, a Hershey (Pa.) Medical Center spokeswoman said.

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The investigation has police questioning why someone forced entry into the woman's home through a window, as nothing appeared to be ransacked or missing, Asbury said.

Asbury said troopers used a phone list they found to try to reach the victim's friends and family. They initially were unable to reach three people. So far, two of those three have come forward with information, he said.

Marcus Wallace remains the missing link in the case, but at this time is not a suspect, police said.

Police hope he will be able to identify any missing items in the home.

The Chambersburg Police Department has a warrant for Marcus Wallace's arrest for a simple assault he is alleged to have committed in April, Asbury said.

Marcus Wallace is believed to be in his mid-30s.

While the case remains open, police are confident the incident in Hamilton Township is isolated, Asbury said.

"Presently, there is no cause for alarm," he said.

Pleasantview Drive is a curvy road west of Warm Spring Road and less than a mile south of U.S. 30. On either side of the street are mostly single-family homes, which, like Consuella Wallace's, were decorated with holiday lights Thursday evening.

Staff writer Bridget DiCosmo contributed to this story.

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