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Body causes evacuation at Farmington hotel

Police say woman's death not suspicious

The Daily Times staff
Firefighters with the Farmington Fire Department enter the Red Lion Hotel on Thursday. The hotel was briefly evacuated after a woman's body was found in one of the rooms.

FARMINGTON — The Red Lion Hotel was briefly evacuated Thursday after a 57-year-old Bloomfield woman's body was discovered at the business.

Police, firefighters and paramedics were dispatched at 12:24 p.m. to the hotel at 700 Scott Ave. after receiving reports that a body had been found in a room at the hotel, according to San Juan County police dispatch.

Farmington police spokeswoman Georgette Allen said police investigated and found nothing unusual about the woman's death. She said the body showed no signs of injury or trauma, but it will be sent to Albuquerque for autopsy.

Fearing the body could spread hazardous materials, police evacuated the hotel for about an hour. The evacuation order was lifted at 1:18 p.m., according to Allen.

Sgt. Clay Raybon said at the scene that the evacuation was performed out of "an abundance of caution."