Manhunt Underway for Killer of 2 Nuns in Mississippi

iStock/Thinkstock(JACKSON, Miss.) -- A manhunt is underway in Jackson, Mississippi, for a killer who murdered two nuns.

Sister Margaret Held and Sister Paula Merril, originally from Wisconsin and Massachusetts, were found stabbed to death at home Thursday.

Friends of the pair said the two women served the poor and the community for more than 30 years and both were nurse practitioners.

Police in Jackson suspect a robbery took place. The Catholic Diocese said the home was broken into, and the nuns' missing car was found a mile away, according to police.

Police also said they were going through "a lot of leads" and they were in the process of questioning families who the nuns helped.

A wake will be held for the nuns at St. Thomas Church in Lexington on Sunday, with a memorial mass at the Cathedral of Saint Peter the Apostle in Jackson on Monday.

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