In a disturbing discovery at the SoHo 54 Hotel, located in the bustling neighborhood of SoHo in New York City, a woman, about 38 years old, was found dead late Thursday morning, February 8. Authorities were alerted to the scene around 10:30 a.m., where they encountered the victim in a state that prompted immediate investigation.
According to the New York Police Department (NYPD), a hotel maid stumbled upon the woman lying on the floor, shrouded by a blanket, with a notable head wound. Adjacent to her body, an iron with traces of blood was found. The NYPD, along with forensic teams, are scrutinizing the possibility of the iron being utilized as a weapon, although no official statement has been made regarding the cause of death.
First responders described the victim as unconscious and unresponsive upon their arrival, and despite their efforts, she was pronounced dead at the scene by emergency medical services (EMS). The city medical examiner’s office has taken custody of the body to determine the exact cause of death in an autopsy.
The victim, whose identity remains undisclosed pending notification of her family, had been a guest at the hotel for several days leading up to the discovery. The SoHo 54 Hotel, previously known as the Hampton Inn, is noted for its wide range of accommodations, with room prices fluctuating between approximately $85 to $300 per night.
As the investigation unfolds, detectives are piecing together the events leading to the woman’s death, including reviewing hotel security footage and conducting interviews with hotel staff and guests. The NYPD has not made any arrests in connection with the case, emphasizing that the investigation is ongoing and in its early stages.
The surrounding area of Watts Street near Sixth Avenue, where the 3-star hotel is situated, was momentarily disrupted as law enforcement officials cordoned off sections to facilitate their preliminary examination. The incident has attracted attention due to the generally safe perception of the SoHo area, a hub for shopping, dining, and cultural activities in Lower Manhattan.
The NYPD is urging anyone with information related to the case to come forward to assist in the ongoing investigation. The hotel management has refrained from commenting on the ongoing investigation but is cooperating with police.