Apparent suicide at Holiday Inn


— For the second time in less than a month, police were called to an area hotel for an apparent suicide.

Police were called to the Holiday Inn at about 9 a.m. Monday after a hotel worker found a 30-year-old Fort Collins man dead in a room, said Steamboat Springs Detective Robert DelValle, who is investigating the case.

Police are not identifying the man until next of kin has been notified.

The victim allegedly died by hanging himself in the main part of the room, DelValle said.

"At this point there is no indication of foul play," he said. "We will let the medical examiner in Denver determine if this is a suicide or not."

DelValle said the man was not a registered guest at the hotel, 3190 S. Lincoln Ave.

"He was staying in a room with a woman," DelValle said.

Investigators have been able to determine the man came to Steamboat Springs around midnight Saturday.

On Sunday, the man allegedly got intoxicated and got into a disagreement with the woman he was staying with, he said.

"He became difficult and rowdy," DelValle said. "Hotel staff had to warn him of his actions."

The man's friend did not sleep in the room that she had rented. Instead, the woman stayed in another room with a friend, he said.

"He was having some issues with the woman he was staying with," he said.

The man was found by a hotel employee in the morning when the woman wanted to get back into the room.

"The woman couldn't get back in the room because the door had the safety latch on it," he said. "She had hotel staff open the door."

DelValle estimated the man had been dead between two to six hours before police were called to the scene.

The alleged suicide is the second one to occur at a Steamboat Springs lodging establishment within 30 days.

John Livingston was found dead inside a room at the Nordic Lodge Dec. 11. Livingston died of a gunshot wound to the head inside a room at the lodge, 1036 Lincoln Ave.

He was the owner of Livingston Gallery of Fine Art, 906 Lincoln Ave.


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