A maids grisly discovery led to a homicide investigation Tuesday at a Pasco motel.
The maid found a body in a room at the Tahitian Inn on West Lewis Street between 10 and 10:30 a.m., said Pasco police Capt. Jim Raymond.
The room was in disarray and there appeared to have been a fire, he said.
The circumstances were suspicious enough that police are investigating the death as a possible homicide, Raymond told the Herald.
Franklin County Coroner Dan Blasdel confirmed Tuesday night that it was a mans body, but they havent positively confirmed who the man is or been in touch with his next-of-kin.
An autopsy will be scheduled later in the week.
The Tahitian is on the 2700 block of Lewis. Owner Fen Li said she didnt know anything about the circumstances of the death or the person staying in the room.
Police did not have updated information by 9:15 p.m.
* Police arrest suspect, 16, in attack on Kennewick teenager Saturday
Kennewick police have arrested a 16-year-old Richland teen in connection with the stabbing Saturday evening of a Kennewick youth.
The 16-year-old victim was stabbed in Eastgate Park in Kennewick while playing basketball. He said he was approached by two kids he didnt know, chased and stabbed several times.
Police said the suspect, who was visiting relatives bear the park, is facing charges of first-degree assault and is being held in the Benton-Franklin Juvenile Justice Center in Kennewick. The suspects name was not released.
Officers are searching for a second suspect in the stabbing.
Anyone with information on the assault is asked to call Tri-Cities Crime Stoppers, 800-586-8477, or go to www.tricitiescrimestoppers.org.
* Up to 5 suspects rob 3 in Benton County home
Three to five unknown suspects forced their way into a Benton County home, beat the three occupants with clubs and then robbed them early Tuesday morning, according to a news release from the Benton County Sheriffs Office.
The suspects, all wearing masks, fled the 700 block of East 13th Avenue south of Kennewick in a dark colored four-door sedan, said the release.
It appears drugs might be a contributing factor in the 2:17 a.m. home invasion robbery. The victims suffered some injuries, but all refused medical treatment.
Due to the nature and severity of the crime, no further information is available, said the release.
If anyone has information about the crime, theyre asked to call sheriffs detectives at 509-735-6555 or the non-emergency number for the dispatch center after hours at 509-628-0333.
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