Saudi Prince Found Strangled at Motel Room in Virginia

United Press International

The partially clad body of a Saudi Arabian prince was found in his motel room, the victim of strangulation, police said today.

Bandar al Faisal, 32, was discovered Sunday afternoon by a maid who went to clean his 12th-floor room at the Key Bridge Marriott in suburban Washington, said police spokesman Lt. Tom Bell.

Saudi Arabian Embassy spokesman Habib Shaheen confirmed that Al Faisal was a prince, although a distant relative of the Royal Family, "many times removed."

An autopsy revealed that Al Faisal died of strangulation and had been dead no longer than 24 hours.

Bell said police have no suspects nor a motive in the case.

"It's a real whodunit," Bell said.

Al Faisal had been registered at the hotel since Oct. 3.

His wife, Donna, told police that her husband had been visiting relatives in the Arlington area. The couple had lived in the Portland, Ore., area for the last eight years.

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