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Turkish national found dead in hotel room at Hilton Doha

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Police at Doha's Hilton Hotel
Police at Doha’s Hilton Hotel

Police were called to the Hilton Hotel in Doha’s Dafna/West Bay district on Sunday night after a body was found in one of the guest rooms.

A Turkish national was found dead at around 4:30pm on March 13, a spokesperson for the hotel confirmed to Doha News.

It remains unclear who found the unnamed person, and no details surrounding the death have been released by authorities.

A representative for the Turkish Embassy in Qatar told Doha News the death was due to “natural causes,” but would not elaborate.

Hilton Hotel
Hilton Hotel

The discovery elicited a heavy police presence.

People at the hotel on Sunday told Doha News that they saw more than a dozen officers in the corridor of the hotel’s 20th floor, at around 5pm that night.

Just over an hour later, what appeared to be several medics arrived at the hotel and were escorted upstairs by staff.

‘Bad smell’

More than a dozen police and Alfazaa vehicles were parked up outside the main hotel entrance for several hours, witnesses said.

By the time the officers left at around 9pm, the corridor had a “bad smell,” one person added.

In a statement, a spokesperson for Hilton Worldwide said:

“It is with deep regret that we can confirm that a guest has died at Hilton Doha, on 13 March 2016.

Hotel management immediately informed the local authorities and any further inquiries should be made directly to the Doha Police. We offer our sincere condolences to the family and friends at this difficult time.”

The hotel declined to comment on how long the guest had been staying with them, or how the body was found.

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