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Body found in W.Va. hotel

September 02, 2005|by RICHARD F. BELISLE

CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - Police in Charles Town were investigating the "suspicious" death of a white man whose body was found Thursday afternoon in a room at the Town House Motor Lodge, according to Douglas Nichols, interim chief of the Charles Town Police Department.

Douglas said the body was found in room 344 in the motel on East Washington Street around 5:50 p.m.

Police were withholding the man's identity pending notification of family members, Douglas said late Thursday.

He said he could not confirm if the death was a homicide. He said it was "suspicious."

Donald Shirley, a medical examiner for Jefferson County, was at the scene, said his wife, Candy Shirley, also a county medical examiner. She said she could not confirm if the death was a homicide.

An Independent Fire Co. ambulance was also at the scene.

Douglas said he didn't know who found the body or what the circumstances were. He said investigators were still conducting interviews at press time.

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Lt. Steve Harris was leading the investigation, Douglas said.

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