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Salt Lake City Police Department
Javier Rodriguez Pena, 29

SALT LAKE CITY — Police are investigating as a homicide the death of a twenty-something woman whose body was found inside a motel room Tuesday.

Investigators were called to the Gateway Inn, 819 W. North Temple, about 8:40 a.m., said Salt Lake police detective Greg Wilking. When they arrived, officers found a deceased woman inside one of the rooms and other undisclosed evidence that led police to call the death "suspicious," he said.

Detectives are searching for two people in connection with the death: Kristie Marie Hansen, 26, Javier Rodriquez Pena, 29. After speaking with people who were at the hotel Tuesday, police believe the pair were in the area and were somehow associated with the victim, Wilking said.

He believes Pena lives in Salt Lake City, but did not say where Hansen is from.

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"We want to talk to them and find out what their involvement was in this incident," Wilking said, though the two are not yet considered suspects.

Wilking declined to say whether the woman who died had obvious signs of trauma or what led officers to believe the death was suspicious. Police are not releasing her name because they are still trying to get a hold of her family, Wilking said.

Police are asking anyone with information to call them at 801-799-3000, and to avoid approaching the pair.