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Florida Woman Found Dead in Motel With Two Caged Monkeys

A Florida woman was found dead in Budget Inn motel room with two caged monkeys, authorities said.
North Port Police Department A Florida woman was found dead in Budget Inn motel room with two caged monkeys, authorities said.

The Capuchin monkeys were in good health

A Florida woman was found dead on Friday in a motel room with two caged monkeys and a note, authorities said.

Police said they found Linda Marie Smith, 59, of Arcadia, in a room at the Budget Inn in North Port, Fla., on Friday. An “incoherent” man, whose name has not yet been released, was also in the room and is being questioned by authorities.

It’s unclear what was written in the note. There were also no obvious signs of trauma to Smith’s body, North Port police said, and the cause of death is under investigation.

The two Capuchin monkeys are in good health and are now under the care of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission, authorities said.

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