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04.01.2008 Social News

Adabraka Police Probe Death In Hotel

The Adabraka police are investigating the circumstances that led to the death of a woman believed to be in her 30s at a hotel in Adabraka in Accra.

The unidentified woman was found dead in the hotel room on Saturday, December 15, 2007, a day after she had checked in with an unidentified man.

Sources close to the hotel told the Daily Graphic that while cleaning the hotel rooms on that Saturday morning, a chamber maid smelt an unusual smell emanating from one of the rooms.

Upon further checks, she noticed that the door to that room was locked and so she called for help to open the door only to find the lifeless body of the woman lying on the bed.

According to the sources, the deceased arrived and checked in at the hotel in the company of a young man in the afternoon of Friday, December 14, 2007, both dressed in a black and white attire, suggesting that they had attended a funeral.

The sources said upon a check the following morning to find out whether they would stay for another day, the hotel workers realised the door of their room was locked and there was no sound or sign of anybody in the room.

When the door was opened with an extra key, the original key to the room was found on the floor, which suggested that the door was locked from outside and the key pushed under it into the room.

The sources said the woman lay on her back and had foamed in her mouth, adding that further checks revealed that the deceased had her belongings in a well-packed travelling bag.

However, at the time the body of the woman was discovered, her companion was nowhere to be found. The District Commander of Adabraka Police Station, Superintendent Deborah Addison Campbell, confirmed the incident and said the body had been deposited at the mortuary for autopsy.

She appealed to the general public to notify the police station of any lost relative. When contacted, the managing director of the hotel confirmed the incident and said management was waiting for the autopsy report from the police to ascertain whether the death of the woman was murder or natural.

Story by Davina Darko-Mensah