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Salisbury Township woman charged with criminal homicide

A Salisbury Township resident is charged with criminal homicide in the death of another person in a residence in the 700 block of East Federal Street, according to authorities.

A news release dated Aug. 2 from the Office of the Lehigh County District Attorney, Lehigh County District Attorney Jim Martin and Salisbury Township Police Chief Kevin Soberick announced Terri Hodel, 40, of Allentown, was taken into custody and charged with criminal homicide, a felony of the first degree, in the death of Tracy Lynn Hoffman.

The news release provides the following details:

At approximately 4:45 p.m. July 31, Salisbury officers responded to the residence at 715 E. Federal St. after a request for a welfare check on Hodel from a member of her family.

Officers knocked and identified themselves as officers and entered the residence through a door after not reaching anyone in the home, according to authorities.

Hodel came out of a bedroom and told officers she was OK and asked them to leave. Officers asked about Hoffman. Hodel allegedly told Salisbury officers she had not seen Hoffman.

The officers left the residence, however, they noticed Hoffman’s car parked in the driveway.

Police notified Lehigh County Crisis Intervention and caseworkers checked at the residence and heard dogs barking, but received no response and did not enter the home, according to authorities.

The news release continues as follows.

On Aug. 1, Salisbury Township Animal Control received an email allegedly from Hodel asking the agency to take care of the dogs at the home and the door at the residence was unlocked.

At approximately 8:47 a.m., due to concerns raised by the email from Hodel, Salisbury police returned to the residence. Officers found a note allegedly from Hodel and found Hoffman’s body in a bedroom.

According to a news release from the Lehigh County Coroner’s Office and Forensics Center, Hoffman, 37, was pronounced dead 9:46 a.m. Aug. 1 at her residence.

The cause of death was determined to be a gunshot wound to the body by Daniel A. Buglio, D-ABMDI, Lehigh County Coroner.

“I am ruling the manner of death Homicide,” Buglio wrote.

Hodel was later found by police and taken into custody without incident.

According to court documents, she was denied bail after her Aug. 1 arraignment and is confined to Lehigh County Jail.

The Lehigh County Homicide Task Force is among investigating agencies.