LOS ANGELES (CBS) — A woman was found beaten to death in a hotel room near MacArthur Park early Monday morning, hours after the man who rented the room checked out.
Authorities said the room was registered to the man who checked out Sunday morning. He is now considered a “person of interest,” according to police.
A cleaning crew discovered the body at the Olympic Hotel at 725 S. Westlake Ave. just after midnight, according to Sgt. Joy Smith of the Los Angeles Police Department’s Rampart Station.
The woman, who was about 40, suffered blunt force trauma to her face and head, Smith said.
Homicide detectives have secured the room as a crime scene and begun their investigation.
“The coroner’s people are still at the scene,” LAPD Sgt. Michael Mabie said at 7 a.m. “So right now we are operating on the premise that it’s a probable homicide… And, yes, we would consider the man who rented the room at least a person of interest at this point.”
The victim’s name was not immediately released.