Authorities are investigating the death of a woman who was found in a downtown Mérida hotel. It is presumed to be a femicide.
The incident occurred on Tuesday, August 29th, when cleaning staff discovered a lifeless woman inside one of the rooms of a hotel located on 69th Street between 54th and 56th Streets, in downtown Mérida.
According to preliminary information, the cleaning personnel were about to carry out cleaning duties in the hotel near the San Benito Market. They knocked on the door, but received no response, prompting them to use a master key to open the door.
Upon entering, they found a woman approximately 35 years of age lying on the bed. She was stiff, and they promptly requested emergency assistance.
Paramedics and Mérida Municipal Police officers arrived at the scene and confirmed that the woman showed no signs of life.
As the cause of her death was unknown, the area was cordoned off while forensic experts and personnel from the State Forensic Medical Service (Semefo) of the State Attorney General’s Office (FGE) arrived to handle the body’s removal.
It was revealed that authorities initiated a femicide protocol due to the unclear circumstances of her death.
During the investigation, hotel employees and management cooperated with the authorities. However, the femicide protocol was activated, as such incidents tend to occur, and the cause of death is expected to be determined through an autopsy, which will determine whether the investigation proceeds.