Indianapolis police investigate murders of two women found near each other

Indianapolis police are investigating the killings of two women whose bodies were found about 500 feet apart in recent days and who were killed in the same manner, officials said Friday.

“There are similarities in these two cases,” said Acting Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Chief Chris Bailey, although he said investigators have not proven they are connected.

The bodies of Shannon Lassere and Marianne Weis were found within days of each other on the far east side of Indianapolis.

Lassere’s body was found Saturday morning on N. Mitthoefer Road, across the street from her home, and Weis’ body was found on the same road Thursday morning, according to police and NBC affiliate WTHR of Indianapolis.

They were found about 150 yards apart, Police Capt. Roger Spurgeon, commander of the department’s homicide branch, said at a news conference.

Spurgeon would not say how the women were killed, citing the integrity of the ongoing investigation.

“Both victims were killed in the same way,” he added.

Police said they do not know if the killings are related and are asking for the public’s help, including asking residents to check their home cameras for anything suspicious.

Both women are in their 50s and white, police said. Bailey said he didn’t know if they knew each other.

“We don’t know if these crimes are related at this point, and that’s why we’re asking for the public’s help,” Spurgeon said. “If you have any information about these victims or know where they were a few days before they died, we want to know.”

Both victims lived or had ties to the area where their bodies were found, police said.

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