TIFTON -- The person who died Friday in a Tifton hotel room has been identified as a young Moultrie woman. Police do not suspect foul play.

The body of Misty Irene Carter Barnes, 22, 1241 Third St. S.E., was found by a man who was renting the room at the Super 8 Hotel. Detectives with the Tifton Police Department (TPD) said Oriel Velazquez, in his mid-to-late 20s, told investigators he and Barnes had been asleep when he was awakened by Barnes having convulsions.

TPD Det. John Falotico said Monday that the autopsy on Barnes' body was completed Saturday by personnel at the Georgia Bureau of Investigation's Crime Laboratory in Moultrie. The cause of death was not determined by the autopsy.

"The blood analysis is incomplete," Falotico said. "That was sent to an Atlanta lab."

Falotico did not know when the results of toxicology tests would be released. He also said no illegal drugs were found in the room, but some drug-related paraphernalia was confiscated. No charges have been filed.

Sometime between noon and 12:30 p.m. Friday, Velazquez summoned a housekeeper at the hotel in an attempt to get medical assistance for Barnes, Falotico said.

Mamie Thomas, one of the two housekeepers who approached the room and saw Barnes's body lying across a bed, told a reporter from The Tifton Gazette that she thought Velazquez was telling her his room needed cleaning.

Falotico said the language barrier affected arrival of medical assistance and law enforcement.

"It took 10-20 minutes from the first time he tried to tell someone until the call for assistance was made," Falotico said.

An interpreter was on the scene to aid officers who were interviewing Velazquez. Falotico said Velazquez has no permanent local address and is a seasonal worker from Mexico. His latest job has been working in watermelons.

Barnes's funeral is scheduled for 11 a.m. today at Baker Funeral Home in Moultrie with burial to follow at Baker/Hillcrest Memorial Gardens.



To contact reporter Angie Thompson, call 382-4321, ext. 208.

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