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Motel Body Identified as New Yorker

June 12, 1999

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) _ A man whose body was found underneath a motel room bed was identified Friday as a New York City resident who’d been stabbed to death, authorities said Friday.

The body of Saul Hernandez, 64, was found in Room 112 of the Burgundy Motor Inn after two German tourists slept overnight in the bed despite a rancid smell that prompted them to complain to the front desk.

The couple told motel officials about the smell Wednesday night but stayed in the $36-a-night room anyway.

On Thursday they were given a new room. A housekeeper lifted up the mattress and box spring to find the rotting body inside a wooden frame.

Investigators said the victim stayed for two days beginning Sunday. He checked out about 6:30 a.m. Tuesday but returned later in the morning and insisted that he had the room until noon, asking for the key, investigators said.

He was given the key and returned to the room, but was not seen again.

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