38-year-old woman found dead by maid inside hotel room in SoHo identified by police

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Saturday, February 10, 2024
NYPD investigating after maid finds woman dead inside Soho hotel
CeFaan Kim is live at the scene with the breaking details.

SOHO, Manhattan (WABC) -- An investigation is underway after a woman was discovered dead by a maid inside a SoHo hotel Thursday morning.

The 38-year-old victim as discovered in her room at SoHo 54 Hotel around 10:30 a.m.

She has been identified by police as Denisse Oleas-Arancibia of Queens.

Detectives found a pair of bloody pants with a receipt in them inside of Oleas-Arancibia's hotel room. Investigators are now looking for the owner of the pants as they try to determine how she died.

Sources say Oleas-Arancibia had been staying in a room on the 11th floor of the hotel few several days.

Guests staying in the room right next door said they didn't hear anything unusual, then on Thursday morning, they say they heard the hotel manager banging on the door next to theirs.

"This morning, they were like knocking on the door really loud and that's what woke us up," hotel guest Victoria Marinucci said. "He was like, 'hello, hello,' over and over. We were like what the hell? It was like really scary because it was a long time of no response."

Sources say Oleas-Arancibia suffered a cut to the head that detectives believe could be from blunt force trauma.

A bloody iron was discovered next to her. Detectives are looking into if it contributed to her death.

The medical examiner will determine her cause of death, but detectives are proceeding as if this is a homicide.

No arrests have been made at this time.


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