Midvale police do not suspect foul play in the death of a California woman found at a local motel Tuesday night.
They are disturbed, however, that the woman lay dead in the doorway of her room, with the door wide open, for a minimum of two hours before anyone called for help. Even though the woman was lying on the ground, some tenants who saw her apparently didn't think anything was wrong.
The 50-year-old woman was found dead at the Motel 6, near 7300 South and 500 West, about 7:45 p.m. Tuesday. Paramedics had responded to an unrelated call at the room next door about 4 p.m. and had talked to the woman, said Midvale Police Sgt. John Salazar.
When police found her body later that night, the lights were out in her room and the TV was on. The woman had been staying in the room for the past five days. Her mother told authorities her daughter was an alcoholic, Salazar said. Alcohol and vomit were found inside the motel room.
A passer-by reported the woman's body to management, who called police.
This is the second incident in a little over a month of a person dying in a public area and going unnoticed for an extended period of time.
In August, a man died inside his car parked in front of a busy gas station in Sandy, but no one bothered to call authorities for 10 hours.