Police Search For Clues In Murders Of Two Women

Topeka (WIBW) - Two women were found dead in their southeast Topeka home Thursday morning and police are trying to find whoever's responsible.

Topeka Police say a person who knew the women arrived at their mobile home in the 1200 block of SE 41st Terrace around 7 am. He found their bodies along with a six-year old girl, who was unharmed.

Police identify the victims as 29-year old Walia Tindall and 29-year old Leaha Schmuck. Family members of Tindall say the two were girlfriends and say the girl was Schmuck's daughter.

Police say detectives interviewed the girl with the help of a counselor. They do not believe she witnessed the killings.

Investigators say the women were shot and killed.

Neighbors say they saw a water tank outside that was hit by gunshots, but they didn't hear anything that might have unfolded early Thursday morning.

Family members of one of the victims waited in the streets surrounding the mobile home where the women was found, hoping to get any information from authorities. Lawrence Carter says his sister didn't want any trouble with anyone.

Neighbors say the women kept to themselves and were good neighbors. The only indication of a problem they say was August 8th. Fire officials confirm an arson was reported on that date, with someone throwing gasoline on the women's door and setting it on fire. Police say they are looking into whether there is any connection between the incidents.

Anyone with information can contact Crimestoppers anonymously at 785-234-0007.

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