A 34-year-old resident was found dead this morning inside of his room at the Mission Hotel.
The hotel manager was doing a routine pest control inspection at 10:00 a.m. Monday at the Mission Hotel at 520 South Van Ness Ave. when he found the victim. Williams said the victim was found laying in his bed.
Authorities are treating death of the man inside Mission Hotel as “suspicious,” according to Sgt. Wilfred Williams, public information officer with the San Francisco Police Department.
The department’s homicide unit is investigating the death, he said.
Charles Cecil, an investigator with the San Francisco Medical Examiner’s Office, identified the victim as 34-year-old San Francisco resident Rodney Curiel. Cecil said the exact cause of death has not been determined.
The resident, who spoke to Mission Local on the condition that his name not be used, said the victim had been living in the single resident occupancy hotel for five-to-six months.
“He was acting funny, strange lately,” said the 55-year-old resident, who said the victim “was into drugs.”
The last time the resident had seen the victim was two-to-three days ago, he said, adding that police have been viewing surveillance videotapes of hallways to determine the times and dates the victim entered and exited his room.
Update: An autopsy determined that Curiel was strangled.
Correction: This story initially reported that the victim was 25 years old. He was 34.