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Ohio Priest Found Stabbed to Death In Mexico City

January 19, 1987

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) _ A Roman Catholic priest from Ohio was found stabbed to death in his hotel room in Mexico City, a spokesman for the U.S. Embassy there said Sunday night.

The Rev. Frederick J. Falce, 53, of the Order of The Precious Blood, was found dead Saturday morning at the Suites San Marino, a hotel in the Cuauhtemoc district near downtown, embassy spokesman Vince Hovanec said by telephone from the Mexican capital.

He said the body apparently was found by a maid when she went in to clean Falce’s room. Falce was stabbed in the neck, Hovanec said.

Robbery appeared to be the motive, he said.

Hovanec said Falce was in Mexico to take a Spanish course and to assist Mexican bishops in fund-raising for their seminaries.

Falce had been a member of The Order of Precious Blood, headquartered in Dayton, since 1954. He was previously director of vocations and in charge of fund-raising and promotion for the order’s Cincinnati Province.

Falce, a native of Pittsburgh, was most recently director of the Sorrowful Mother Shrine, a pilgrimage center near Bellevue, 60 miles southeast of Toledo.