A former Council Bluffs resident is being sought by federal authorities nationwide and is among America's Most Wanted by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms. Paul Merle Eischeid, 32, of Mesa, Ariz., was one of more than 50 Hells Angels and associates arrested in 2003 as part of a major crackdown on motorcycle gang violence in Arizona. He was also charged in connection with the 2001 murder of a Tempe, Ariz., woman. He currently has an active federal warrant for murder.

A former Council Bluffs resident is being sought by federal authorities nationwide and is among America's Most Wanted by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms.

Paul Merle Eischeid, 32, of Mesa, Ariz., was one of more than 50 Hells Angels and associates arrested in 2003 as part of a major crackdown on motorcycle gang violence in Arizona.

He was also charged in connection with the 2001 murder of a Tempe, Ariz., woman. He currently has an active federal warrant for murder.

Reports stated the woman was at the motorcycle gang's clubhouse when she "mouthed off" to gang members. The bikers allegedly assaulted her and warned her to keep quiet. When she refused, Eischeid and other gang members allegedly attacked the woman, beating and stabbing her several times, reports stated.

Her body was then placed in the trunk of a car, driven out into the Arizona desert and dumped. Reports stated the bikers then took turns repeatedly stabbing the woman's body until she was nearly decapitated. Her body was left in the desert where it was later discovered by a passing motorist.

Eischeid was arrested two years later, but because he had a small prior criminal history and was holding a steady job at the time, a judge allowed him to be released from jail on bond while he waited for his trial.

Investigators learned that Eischeid's girlfriend last saw him on July 29 as he left for work. His employers told authorities that he had been fired the previous day for not showing up at work. It appears that Eischeid removed the tracking device he'd been ordered by the court to wear and took off.

Officials warn that Eischeid is a known member of the Mesa Chapter Hells Angels and should be considered armed and dangerous.

The Hells Angels are considered an outlaw motorcycle organization by law enforcement agencies. The Hells Angels have a network of chapters and charters that span the globe.

Eischeid is white, has brown hair and blue eyes, is about 5 feet 7 inches tall and weighs about 190 pounds. He has numerous tattoos, including his name, "Eischeid" tattooed on his stomach with the Hells Angels, "Death Head" and "Hell 666 Bound" across his lower back.

He graduated from Lewis Central High School and left Iowa in the 1990s.

Anyone with information as to the whereabouts of Eischeid can contact ATF Special Agent Thomas Mangan at (602) 776-5408 or Crime Stoppers at (712) 328-STOP. Crime Stoppers callers do not have to give their names.

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