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Woman Found Dead in Motel Room Along With Two Live Monkeys


Woman Found Dead in Motel Room Along With Two Live Monkeys (North Port Police)

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.

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"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.

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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.

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