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Posted: Monday, April 16, 2012 12:00 am

MILTON — Police are no longer looking for an intruder in what was originally labeled a home invasion and homicide early Saturday morning in rural Milton.

What that means has yet to be explained by police, who said no further comments will be made as of early Monday. Police have not named a suspect.

What we do know is Patricia Ann Thomas, 64, of 1060 Phillips Road, Turbot Township, was shot and killed by a single gunshot around 1 a.m. Saturday in her home. Also there was her husband, Robert Charles Thomas Sr., 65, who police said suffered a minor head injury after being struck in the head by a blunt instrument. He was treated and released at Evangelical Community Hospital, Lewisburg.

The original release from police indicates someone entered the Thomas’ residence, awakening Robert, who retrieved a handgun. Police said Robert was then struck in the head and Patricia was shot. She was pronounced dead at the scene by Northumberland County Deputy Coroner Barry Leisenring.

Police did not indicate whether Patricia was killed from a shot fired from Robert’s gun or another gun.

An updated press release, sent early Monday, said state police at Milton are “no longer looking for an intruder related to this incident. This remains an active investigation and no further comments will be made at this time.”

A manned Pennsylvania State Police cruiser could be seen sitting in the driveway of the home throughout the weekend.

Neighbors along the rural road who wished to remain anonymous said they did not know a lot about the couple.

An autopsy on Patricia is scheduled today at Lehigh Valley Medical Center.

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