Police identify woman found dead in motel room

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SALT LAKE CITY, Utah (ABC4 News) – Police are investigating after a woman was found dead in a motel room Tuesday morning in Salt Lake City.

Salt Lake City Police Detective Greg Wilking said they received a call around 8:41 a.m. to a deceased individual at the Gateway Inn at 819 W. North Temple. 

Wilking said someone from the outside of the room called 911 indicating they thought someone in one of the rooms was deceased but they are not disclosing if that person was an employee or if they have have any connection. 

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A man who claimed he found the young woman said word was circulating around the motel that someone had overdosed.

 “We just ran in there and kicked it open and she was in there dead,” said Marcus who did not want his last name revealed.

From there, a 911 call brought police to the Gateway Inn.  Now they’re calling the young woman’s death a homicide.

She has been identified as 25-year-old Mechelle Lindberg.

Neighbors said the Gateway Inn attracts a rough crowd.   A tenant who didn’t want to be identified, agreed.

“Yes, very rough,” said the elderly woman. “(It’s) scary, very scary.  Every day, every day.”

And while Marcus didn’t know her, he understands life on the streets can be hard.

“Another one gone, a young pretty girl dead and gone,” said Marcus.  “(She’s) lost to the streets.”

Investigators tell ABC4 Thursday, they believe they have the suspect in custody but are still  looking for two persons of interest in connection with the case. Anyone with information is asked to contact Salt Lake City Police at 801-799-3000. 

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