Death of woman found in hotel ruled homicide, Olathe police say

Published: Jan. 30, 2023 at 2:59 PM CST
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OLATHE, Kan. (KCTV) - The death of a woman at a hotel over the weekend has been ruled a homicide, according to the Olathe Police Department.

On Sunday at 11:56 a.m., officers were asked to conduct a welfare check at a hotel in the 206000 block of W. 151st St. after a guest failed to check out.

When officers arrived at the eLodge hotel, they found a 53-year-old woman inside a hotel room who had passed away.

The police then said that they were investigating the cause of death.

On Tuesday afternoon, the police department said her death has been ruled a homicide.

She has been identified as Rhoda Morgan from Gardner, Kan.

The police told KCTV5 News that they have identified a person of interest, but no arrest has been made yet.

They said there was someone else in the room with Morgan at the time of her death. They also said that there were no “obvious or external signs” that this was a homicide until the medical examiner returned their ruling today.

Anyone with information that could help the authorities in their investigation is asked to call the Olathe Police Department at 913-971-6363.