SW Topeka Woman's Death Remains A Mystery

By: Ryan Smith Email
By: Ryan Smith Email

Topeka, KAN. (WIBW)--It's still a mystery how a 58-year-old woman was killed Saturday night in her southwest Topeka home. More than 48 hours since police responded to the medical call, crime scene tape still surrounds the property and police officers are on scene keeping watch at 3520 S.W. Belle.

Police are not releasing details on how 58-year-old Sheila Hachmeister was killed, as she became Topeka’s 11th homicide Saturday. Police found her body inside her house. Topeka police think there is more to comb over two days since the crime occurred.

A dozen detectives continue to work the scene. Agents with the Kansas Bureau of Investigations are expected to assist in the investigation beginning Tuesday morning.

"We have officers holding that scene until they get here. They have some specialized equipment that will be utilized for this particular crime scene,” said Capt. Jerry Stanley.

Neighbors say this constant police presence is unnerving.

“We now longer leave our doors unlocked. I think every neighbor had their porch light on Sunday night. We’re talking about getting home security systems,” said Sarah Reed, Hachmeister’s next door neighbor.

One clear sign of caring came from Monday, a flower arrangement was left outside, showing the impact she had on this southwest Topeka neighborhood.

"Sheila was always a really nice neighbor. She bought my children's fundraisers for school. She always played with them when we were outside,” said Reed.

“Sometimes if I was shoveling snow, she'd offer to let me use her snow mobile,” said Angel Valvidia.

If you have any information, police ask that you call Crimestoppers at (785) 234-0007.


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