SALT LAKE CITY — A woman was found dead in her Salt Lake home Tuesday night after police arrested a man who they say was driving her truck.
The incident is being treated as a homicide, said Salt Lake police detective Richard Chipping.
The investigation began in Millard County about 5:20 p.m. Tuesday when deputies received a call of a man making threats at a local convenience store and attempting to break into an ATM, according to the sheriff's office.
As deputies were trying to verify how the man came to be in possession of a truck belonging to Shellise Geter, 39, they called Salt Lake police to conduct a welfare check.
Salt Lake officers received a call just after 9 p.m. from the Millard County Sheriff's Office, Chipping said. Officers were asked to check Geter's residence, 557 N. Sir Anthony Circle (1780 West), in the Jordan Meadows neighborhood.
Chipping said detectives who entered the house found items that were "suspicious in nature" and eventually discovered Geter's body.
The man who was stopped in Millard County, Mustafa Aldoma, 26, was arrested for investigation of murder, Chipping said. Salt Lake police drove to Millard County late Tuesday to pick him up and return him to Salt Lake County.
Aldoma has a minor criminal history in Utah, according to state court records, with only convictions for trespassing, an infraction.
Karol Lin Newman, a neighbor, said it wasn't a surprise to see the police at Geter's house Tuesday night.
"The police are here a lot, and lately it seems they've been here a lot," she said.
But as more and more patrol cars arrived, Newman said she knew something bigger was happening.
"(I) figured it was worse than normal," she said.
Newman said she didn't know Geter well but was worried about her based on how frequently police were at the woman's residence.
"I was hoping she would get help," she said. "The choices in her life were not so great."
Geter has an extensive criminal history, according to state court records. Most recently, she was arrested on New Year's Eve and charged in 3rd District Court with threat of violence, possession of drug paraphernalia and emergency reporting abuse. She was released on bail on Jan. 7.
Court records show she also pleaded no contest to attempted aggravated assault in 2014, drug possession in 2006 and 2005, simple assault in 2005, and joy riding for an extended time in 1998, among her multiple cases.2 comments on this story
A woman who only identified herself as Geter's grandmother said she hadn't seen her granddaughter since Friday.
"I stay out of her business," she said.
But she said her granddaughter has had problems in the past, in addition to having bipolar schizophrenia.
"She was a good person. She had mental disabilities that she was having a hard time getting help for. Nobody would help her. Then suddenly she stopped taking her medications," she said.
Contributing: Sandra Yi