Police probe potential homicide at Park Regency hotel
Man being questioned by police
A woman died under suspicious circumstances at a Prospector hotel early on Thursday, the Park City Police Department said, likely becoming the first homicide in Park City since the spring of 2016.
The victim was 29 years old and not from the Park City area, Police Chief Wade Carpenter said during a press conference on Thursday morning. The department did not immediately provide details about the cause of death. The victim’s name was also withheld pending notification of the next of kin.
Investigators were questioning a man believed to be the woman’s husband. The man believed to be the husband flagged down an officer on patrol to report the case, the police chief said. The authorities also received a 911 call at about the same time.
The body was in a bed when the police arrived at the third-floor room at the Park Regency Hotel on Bonanza Drive, Carpenter said. Two people, a man and a woman, were staying in the room, and the Police Department said it appears they were a husband and a wife.
Nobody had been arrested by late in the morning.
Several law enforcement agencies were at the scene at 9 a.m., and police officers and investigators from other agencies were seen entering and exiting the hotel. At least one of the investigators wore a jacket identifying himself as a member of Attorney General Sean Reyes’ office. There appeared to be a trail of blood through part of the parking lot.
There was crime-scene tape posted outside part of the hotel as well as a mulched area nearby. At least one investigator used a metal detector. Several were seen wearing booties to protect evidence. They were also searching the parking lot, which was partially cordoned off with police tape. One investigator was seen reaching into the mulched area with an instrument used to collect evidence.
The Police Department said there is not believed to be an imminent threat to public safety.
The case would be the first homicide in Park City since a murder in the spring of 2016.
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