INDIANAPOLIS, INDIANA – Two women were found dead just days apart in the same area on the east side of Indianapolis, prompting investigators to determine if the two deaths are connected. The women were discovered outside with trauma near the 2100 block of North Mitthoefer Road, both dying at the scene and found roughly 150 yards away from each other.
The victims were identified as 52-year-old Marianne Weis and 58-year-old Shannon Juanita Lassere. Speaking at a news conference, Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department Acting Chief Christopher Bailey emphasized that the department is in the early stages of the investigation and has not yet determined definitively if the two deaths are connected.
The two homicides had “similarities,” according to Bailey, who urged the public to come forward with any information that could help move the investigations forward. Both women lived or had strong connections to the far east side of Indianapolis, and they were killed in similar fashions. However, the investigators did not provide specifics on the causes of the women’s deaths or any information on potential suspects.
The Indianapolis Police Department, along with the Marion County Forensic Services Agency, has increased patrols in the area where the women were found. They have urged residents to be vigilant and report anything out of the ordinary as the investigations continue. Residents are also encouraged to check surveillance footage for any potential leads and are asked to travel with someone if possible to ensure their safety.
IMPD detective Ryan Clark has been assigned to the two homicide cases, and anyone with information can contact the IMPD homicide office or Crime Stoppers of Central Indiana to report anonymously. The department has underscored the importance of the community’s assistance in gathering more information about the cases and the victims, emphasizing their commitment to following every lead until there is nowhere else to go.