Woman Found Dead in Motel Room Along With Two Live Monkeys
A Florida woman was found dead in a motel room Friday along with a note, an incoherent man and two live monkeys, police say.
Linda Marie Smith, 59, was found lifeless in a Budget Inn in the Gulf Coast town of North Port.
In the room, police found two Capuchin monkeys in crates, a man in need of medical attention and a note. Police did not reveal what the note said.
"There were also no obvious signs of trauma to Smith’s body," North Port police said in a statement.
However, the cause of death was not immediately clear and the medical examiner will soon conduct a full autopsy, a process that will take some time, police said.
Meanwhile, police said they would question the man, whose name was not released.
The Capuchin monkeys, a species not uncommon in the pet trade, were found in good condition, officials said.
The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission is now taking care of the primates.