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Man detained in Fresno in connection with woman found dead in Santa Ana motel

Woman found dead in Santa Ana motel

Police detectives are interviewing a man in Fresno in connection with a homicide in a Santa Ana motel, authorities said Tuesday.

A Fresno-area law enforcement agency contacted Santa Ana police to request they perform a safety check at the Sunshine Village Motel in the 1400 block of East 1st Street, said Cpl. Anthony Bertagna, a spokesman for the Santa Ana Police Department. When officers arrived about 5:45 a.m., they found the body of a woman in one of the motel’s rooms, he said.

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Details about the woman who was not identified, weren’t immediately available, Bertagna said. The room was not registered in her name, so police had to get a search warrant to collect evidence, he said.

Santa Ana detectives later traveled to Fresno to interview a man who had been detained about 3:40 a.m. near Tipton on suspicion of driving under the influence, said Steven Beal, a spokesman for the California Highway Patrol Visalia station. Beal did not say how the man may be linked to the motel homicide.

2:35 p.m.: This article was updated with the circumstances of the man’s detention in Fresno.

This article was originally published at 1:05 p.m.

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