Police investigate deaths of four found in hotel in Maryland
TOWSON, Md. - Investigators began last evening identifying four bodies found inside a hotel guest room earlier in the day in suburban Baltimore, as well as figuring out how the people died.
The bodies were discovered at the Sheraton Baltimore North Hotel in Towson, just north of Baltimore and just inside the Baltimore Beltway, said Baltimore County Police department spokesman Bill Toohey.
Police received a call at 2:56 p.m. reporting that four people were dead in a room.
When the occupants of the room didn't check out when they were expected to yesterday afternoon, hotel staff unlocked the door and found the bodies.
Corporal Michael Hill, another police spokesman, said it was not known whether all four people were hotel guests, but said there was no threat of harm to anyone else in the area.
Hill said it would take at least several hours for crime scene technicians and a medical examiner to collect evidence. "We can't say how this happened or exactly when it happened so to release anything would be very, very premature at this point," he said. "We don't know even what kind of investigation we're dealing with at this point."
Several hotel employees declined to comment.
K.C. Kavanagh, spokeswoman for Sheraton Hotels and Resorts, said Sheraton Baltimore North is a franchise property and the owner of the hotel is GF Hotels.
"This is just a terrible tragedy and our team is terribly saddened by this event," Kavanagh said. "We're doing all we can to assist the police and it's a matter that's in their hands at this time."