Man Questioned After Body Found In Car Trunk

Police say they're questioning a man in connection with a gruesome find on Indianapolis' northwest side.

Authorities called Paul Mayes, 32, a person of interest in connection with the death of Summer Sheese, a 25-year-old Indianapolis woman whose body was found Wednesday in the trunk of a car.

Mayes was arrested Wednesday night at an Indianapolis home on charges not related to the death, the Marion County Sheriff's Department said.

Sheese's body was found in a trunk of a car parked outside the home of Paul Mayes' grandmother. The grandmother had called AAA when she noticed the doors to the car in her driveway, which were usually unlocked, were locked. When the doors were unlocked, the discovery was made.

Police believe Sheese had been in the trunk of the car for at least two days. A coroner said Sheese was strangled, beaten, and stabbed more than once in the face.

Police said Mayes had access to the vehicle, which belongs to his mother.

After the discovery, police were tipped off Wednesday night that Mayes was at a home on the city's north side, RTV6 reported.

Summer Sheese

A SWAT team surrounded the home. After a two-hour standoff, Paul Mayes came out after the home was gassed. Mayes was arrested there, Marion County sheriff's Capt. Phil Burton said.

Officials said Mayes was not cooperating with the investigation. He was being held Thursday on charges related to an alleged probation violation, RTV6's Jack Rinehart reported.

Victim's Sister Was Killed In 1998

Sheese is the second member of her family to be slain in the past seven years, Rinehart reported.

In October 1988, Sheese's sister, Shanna Sheese, 16, was found dead in a vacant lot on the city's northwest side.

Police said Shanna Sheese had been beaten to death with a brick.

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