Police conducting death investigation at Independence motel after woman’s body is found

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INDEPENDENCE, Mo. -- Police are investigating after a person was found dead near a Best Western motel in Independence.

At this point, police haven't said how the person died or released the person's identity. They are only confirming that this incident is a death investigation. Fox 4 reported on commotion at the motel Thursday night. On Friday, a source had told Fox 4's Robert Townsend that investigators believed the person took her life.

Original story:

Motel guests said police showed up around 4 p.m. Thursday. They said police told them a woman's body was found near a shed by a dumpster at the motel.

An officer who returned to the scene around 10 p.m. did confirm that it was a woman's body police found.

The guests said police questioned several people, but they didn't see anyone being taken into custody.

They said officers and crime scene investigators were at the motel for more than three hours.

A police spokesman told Fox 4's Robert Townsend that he was trying to get more information from detectives. We'll update this story with more information as it becomes available.

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