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SALT LAKE CITY — Police have identified a woman who they say was killed in a motel room Tuesday, while a search for two persons of interest continues Wednesday.

Salt Lake City police identified the woman as Mechelle Lindberg, 25. Court records indicate she resided in Pleasant Grove as recently as May.

Officers responded Tuesday to a report of a suspicious death at the Gateway Inn, 819 W. North Temple, shortly after 8:40 a.m., after someone saw a woman’s body from outside the room, according to Salt Lake police detective Greg Wilking.

Police later determined Lindberg’s death was a homicide. Authorities also requested the public’s help in locating Kristie Marie Hansen, 26, and Javier Rodriguez Pena, 29, who they say are persons of interest in the case.

Anyone with information about the case or the whereabouts of Hansen or Pena are encouraged to call Salt Lake police at 801-799-3000.

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Carter Williams is an award-winning reporter who covers general news, outdoors, history and sports for KSL.com. He previously worked for the Deseret News. He is a Utah transplant by the way of Rochester, New York.

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