25 August 2023

UPDATED: Woman's death in Civic hotel 'does not appear to be suspicious'

| Claire Sams
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The woman’s body was found at around 11:15 am yesterday. Photo: Michelle Kroll.

UPDATED 25 August, 9:20 am: Earlier this morning ACT Policing released a statement saying the death is likely not suspicious.

“While police continue to investigate the circumstances of this incident, the woman’s death does not appear to be suspicious,” the spokesperson said.

“A report will be prepared for the coroner.”

24 August, 5:35 pm: ACT Policing has opened an investigation after a woman’s body was found in a Canberra hotel.

A police spokesperson said on Thursday afternoon (24 August) that a 40-year-old Canberra woman was found dead at Nesuto Canberra Apartment Hotel in Civic earlier that day.

“Police were called to a hotel on Akuna Street at about 11:15 am today after staff located a woman believed to be deceased,” the statement said.

“ACT Ambulance Service paramedics attended and confirmed the woman had died some time earlier, and an investigation was commenced.

“At this time, police are considering all avenues of enquiry and will await the outcome of an autopsy.”

Anyone with information is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000, or by visiting the Crime Stoppers ACT website and quoting reference 7519173. Information can be provided anonymously.

More to come.

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Yes – if she died from natural causes … in those circumstances the location is irrelevant. Do you know something different from the police?

40 year old women rarely die ‘from natural causes’, let alone in city hotels. I realise that the police just report it as ‘not suspicious’ to mean that they don’t think anyone murdered them, so I’m just having a go at the silly terminology. Better to say they don’t think anyone intentionally harmed the person, but ‘police-speak’ is odd and designed to be vague rather than providing more useful information to those in the community.

People younger than 40 of either sex may die from natural causes in any situation. We don’t get much of a say when the grim reaper comes calling.

I guess we’ll just have to agree to disagree on this one, as I think “a statement saying the death is likely not suspicious” is totally apt under the circumstances

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