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Woman found dead in motel room identified by coroner

The woman whose body was found in a south Sacramento motel room Friday morning was identified by the Sacramento County Coroner’s Office as 48-year-old Tina Louisa Morales of Sacramento. Police said her death is being investigated as a homicide.

Sacramento police officers were in the area of Massie Court, just off Stockton Boulevard, about 11:40 a.m. when they were hailed by a member of the motel staff regarding an unresponsive woman.

Officers found Morales in a room at the Best Western John Jay Inn. The Sacramento Fire Department responded and pronounced her dead, according to a Police Department news release.

During a preliminary investigation, officers found that Morales had suffered trauma to her head. Homicide detectives and crime scene investigators were summoned to collect evidence and canvass the area.

Police said no arrests have been made and investigators are asking the community’s help as they seek witnesses and information in the case.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Police Department’s dispatch center at 916-264-5471 or Crime Stoppers at 916-443-4357, or submit an anonymous tip using the free “P3 Tips” smartphone app. Callers can remain anonymous and may be eligible for a reward of up to $1,000.

Cathy Locke: 916-321-5287, @lockecathy