Woman found dead in Miami Beach hotel room with door blocked by mattress: police

Police have launched a homicide investigation after a 47-year-old woman was found dead at a Miami Beach hotel serving flight crews with a mattress blocking her room door.

The victim, identified by relatives as Marelby Ruiz Lara, was found Tuesday evening at the chic oceanfront Sherry Frontenac Hotel on Collins Avenue. This was reported by WPLG.

“MBPD received a call from a woman asking to check on the welfare of a co-worker who was last seen on Saturday, Dec. 3,” police spokesman Ernesto Rodriguez said in an email Wednesday.

SHE IS said the Miami Herald that the death is being investigated as a homicide and “detectives are actively following up on several leads.”

Nelson Tabares, son of Lara, This was reported by NBC Miami His mother, from Colombia, worked in the area and lived in a hotel with his partner.

Marelby Ruiz Lara, 47, was found dead in a luxury Miami Beach hotel used by airline crews. She was with her missing boyfriend at the hotel.
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Hotel Sherry Frontenac, where a woman died
A mattress blocks the door to Lara’s room at the oceanfront Sherry Frontenac Hotel.
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She said she became worried after not hearing from him for several days and called the hotel to ask the staff to check on her at 10 o’clock.Th– bunk room.

When security tried to open the door, it was blocked by a mattress.

“They used brute force to get in,” Tabares told the station. “The workers of the hotel used force and could not find the belongings of the two people living there. They were scared. They were nervous.”

Lara was staying at the hotel with her boyfriend, who was doing renovations on the building, WPLG reported.

Authorities have not identified a suspect, but Tabares believes the man killed her and then killed himself in Sarasota, NBC reported.

Police have not confirmed a connection between Tuesday’s murder-suicide on the side of I-75 in Sarasota, according to a report.

The Miami-Dade Medical Examiner’s Office exhumed the woman’s body around 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, and the cause of death remains under investigation.

A front desk employee told WPLG that the hotel is not open to the general public, but only for airline pilots and flight attendants.

Lara's body is being taken away
Lara’s body was found after a co-worker asked police to check on her welfare.
Lara's body is being taken away
The cause of death is under investigation and the name of the suspect has not been released.

The station said it learned Lara was not an airline employee.

Officials said there was no danger to the public, but local residents and tourists expressed concern over the incident.

“I think it’s a terrible thing to have something like this happen in the middle of the beach,” Alicia Darias told NBC Miami.

Desiree Arnold of Jacksonville said she saw a heavy police presence Tuesday night.

“We are here on vacation. We’re like four hotels, so now I’m like, ‘Are we safe?'” he told WPLG.

The Post has reached out to the hotel for comment.


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