Update: Authorities still searching for clues to motel death

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UPDATE: Officials with the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation say they are searching for clues after a body was found inside a Newcastle motel.

The victim has been identified as 26-year-old Kayla Garbelman. The medical examiner is working on determining her cause and manner of death.

Last week, a sketch of the first person of interest was released.

Authorities found surveillance footage of another man who was with the victim the day she checked into the motel.

 

Officials say they interviewed the man and he provided valuable information into the case, adding that he is not a suspect.

If you have any information on the crime, call the OSBI tip line at 1-800-522-8017.

 

NEWCASTLE, Okla. – OSBI has released a sketch of a man considered to be a person of interest after a body was found in a Newcastle Hotel.

OSBI said the manager of the hotel called police shortly before noon Friday after finding a woman “unresponsive” in one of the hotel rooms.

Police arrived, and the scene in the room led them to suspect a murder had taken place.

Agents with OSBI are currently trying to identify the woman and are scouring the scene for evidence.

They know who checked in but, according to OSBI, they must first identify the woman to see if the names match.

Forensic Artist Harvey Pratt has sketched the likeness of a person of interest from witness accounts.

OSBI Forensic Artist Harvey Pratt has sketched the likeness of a person of interest in the case involving a woman found dead today inside a room at the Newcastle Motel.

OSBI Forensic Artist Harvey Pratt has sketched the likeness of a person of interest in the case involving a woman found dead today inside a room at the Newcastle Motel.

The man is described to be Native American and approximately 50 years in age.

He has a medium build and is 5’11” tall. He has dark medium length hair and dark eyes.

Witnesses say he weighed about 185 lbs.

If anyone believes they know a person who looks similar to the sketch, they’re urged to call OSBI at 1-800-522-8017.

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