11:59 AM: A woman found dead in a garbage chute at a hotel in San Francisco’s Mission District has been identified by the medical examiner’s office as 54-year-old Natalie Blaugh.
Blaugh’s body was found at about 11:15 p.m. inside a chute at a hotel in the 400 block of Valencia Street, police spokesman Officer Gordon Shyy said.
An employee at the Hotel Sunrise, located at 447 Valencia St., confirmed that the body was found there but declined to speak further about the case.
Shyy said investigators searched the area and inspected Blaugh’s body but did not find any evidence of foul play.
The case is not being investigated as a homicide, and the medical examiner’s office will determine the woman’s cause of death, he said.
Dan McMenamin, Bay City News
7:50 AM: Police are investigating what led to a body being found in a garbage chute of a Mission District hotel Wednesday night.
Officers responded to a report that a body was found at a motel in the 400 block of Valencia Street, which is near 16th Street, at about 11:15 p.m., police Officer Gordon Shyy said.
When officers arrived at the scene, they searched the area for any signs of foul play, Shyy said.
The San Francisco medical examiner did not find any external signs of a homicide, according to Shyy.
Shyy said the death is not being investigated as a homicide but police will continue to look into why the body was in the garbage chute.