Person of interest in Motel 6 death investigation taken into custody

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A person of interest in a death investigation at a Portland Motel 6 has been taken into custody.

Officers were patrolling the area near SE 31st Avenue and Powell Boulevard Friday morning when they saw a stolen car speed out of the nearby Motel 6.

Police say the stolen car was driving too dangerously as it was eastbound on Powell Boulevard, so they ended their pursuit.

Officers returned to the Motel 6 and found a body in a room.

Investigators taped off a second story room and placed evidence markers in the parking lot. Multiple people staying in the motel told KATU News they didn't hear any gunshots.

Officials have yet to confirm whether or not the death is a homicide and have not indicated a possible cause of death.

Portland Police received a call at 1:30 p.m. from a neighbor on the 5200 block of SE Francis Street. The 911 caller said a man was acting suspiciously in a neighbor's backyard. The stolen car was located nearby, in the 4000 block of SE 51st Avenue.

Neighbors were told to stay inside their homes.

"(Officers) just flooded the yard, the backyard, my garage. Somebody with a gun came up to my door and told me to stay away from the windows," Katie Hunt said. "I was under my dining room table on my laptop trying to figure out what was happening."

Shortly after police contacted the person of interest, who was placed in custody. Police say they needed a ladder from Portland Fire to get him safely off the roof.

Police say the medical examiner is expected to conduct an autopsy by Monday to determine how the victim died. The victim's identity will be released after their family has been notified.

No other information has been released. Stay with KATU News as this story develops.

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