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Woman found dead in Salt Lake hotel was murdered, police say

Published: Friday, July 18 2014 11:36 a.m. MDT

Holly Nicole Carges, 34, was found dead by hotel management inside a room at the Royal Garden Inn, 154 W. 600 South, on Thursday, July 17, 2014. Salt Lake police are investigating her death as a homicide.

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SALT LAKE CITY — Salt Lake police detectives are now calling the suspicious death of a woman whose body was found in a hotel room a homicide.

Holly Nicole Carges, 34, was found dead by hotel management inside a room at the Royal Garden Inn, 154 W. 600 South, on Thursday morning.

The state medical examiner will perform an autopsy to determine her cause of death.

Police released few details about the incident Friday, including what other potential evidence was found in the room, whether there were obvious signs of trauma or if the room was checked out in her name.

Investigators were asking anyone who knew Carges to contact them at 801-799-3000.

Court records show Carges, who also went by the name Holly Monk, was convicted had several misdemeanor convictions including DUI in 2013, supplying alcohol to a minor in 2007 and driving on a suspended license in 2004. She was also convicted in California in 2001 with unlawful sexual activity with a minor.

— Pat Reavy

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