A Fort Carson soldier turned himself in Sunday afternoon in North Carolina after a dead woman was found in a Colorado Springs hotel room.
Montrell Mayo, 24, is being held in the Pitt County jail in North Carolina on suspicion of first-degree murder.
Colorado Springs police officers were called to the Crowne Plaza Hotel, 2886 S. Circle Drive, before 7 a.m. Sunday to check on the welfare of a woman in a room there. Police checked the room and found a woman dead.
Information about the woman, including her name and what killed her, hasn’t been released.
According to the Greenville, N.C. police, the alleged homicide occurred Thursday or Friday.
Greenville police said investigators in Colorado Springs had alerted them that a suspect in the case may have travelled to Greenville.
“Some people were looking for him and at that time he turned himself in,” said Greenville Police Department Sgt. Joe Friday. “It wasn’t a long-term search.”
When Mayo surrendered, Greenville police handed him an arrest warrant for first-degree murder from Colorado Springs.
The soldier, reported to be a Greenville native, is being held without bail while he awaits extradition back to Colorado.
Colorado Springs police will go to North Carolina to continue the investigation.
Jutta Gebauer, who is in Colorado Springs for the Presidents Day hockey tournament, said she and her family were staying at the Crowne Plaza when the dead woman was found.
Gebauer said the family’s room was just four doors from the crime scene. Gebauer and her daughter Marissa both said the area in the hotel had a foul smell.
“They brought in big fans to air the place out,” she said.
According the Colorado Springs police spokeswoman Barbara Miller, the death will not be officially ruled a homicide until an autopsy is performed by the El Paso County Coroner’s Office.