(04-27) 13:48 PDT SAN FRANCISCO - Investigators are asking for the public's
help in identifying a woman who was found dead under suspicious
circumstances last week in a San Francisco hotel.
The case of Jane Doe No. 9 -- described as a 25-year-old white woman
-- was to be turned over to the homicide detail for follow-up investigation
today. She was found last Friday at 7:15 a.m. lying in the eighth-floor
hallway of the Shih Yu-Lang Central YMCA Hotel at 220 Golden Gate Ave. in
the Tenderloin neighborhood.
She was 5-foot-8, 145 pounds, with green eyes and short red hair. She was
dressed in a black long-sleeve shirt, blue jeans and black Converse All-Star
The woman had multiple tattoos, including one of a butterfly on her right
groin, large angel wings on her back, as well as the words "Love Will Tear
Us Apart'' on her chest. Scarring on her left forearm spelled out "Love.''
Alan Pringle, chief investigator for the medical examiner's office, said the
body was found by a man who was staying at the hotel who saw her slumped
against the wall near the communal bathroom on the eighth floor.
She was not a guest, he said. "The manager didn't know her -- she could have
been visiting somebody and whatever happened, happened,'' Pringle said.
Anyone with information about her identity is asked to call the medical
examiner's office at (415) 553-1694.