Two guests walked into the garbage room at the Hotel Sunrise at 447 Valencia St. Wednesday around 10 p.m. and found the lifeless body of a woman in her 40s, according to Rajengra Regmi, a clerk at the hotel.
The woman, whose name and age has not yet been released, was a frequent visitor at the hotel, he said.
Regmi, who said he was not at the hotel on Wednesday night, viewed the surveillance tapes. It shows the two guests discovering the body and then taking her into Room 321 where they had been staying since Feb. 11, he said.
The guests, James Gaines and Gabriel Dryer, then ran downstairs to tell the hotel worker about their discovery and the clerk called the police, Regmi said.
Gaines and Dryer have not checked out, but they were not at the hotel this morning. Police have taken the surveillance video and the woman’s identification.
The SF Medical Examiner arrived on the scene and did not find external signs of a homicide, according to police. At this point, the death case is not being investigated as a homicide.
An earlier report from the San Francisco Police Department said that they had responded to a call at 11:45 p.m. Wednesday about a body found in a garbage chute. The clerk said, however, that it was a garbage room.
SFPD homicide investigators were not requested to come to the scene. The medical examiner’s office will have to determine the cause of death, the report said.