REVEALED: Mom, 38, found dead next to a bloody iron in $110-per-night NYC hotel was strangled, beaten to death and left with horrific injuries, autopsy finds – as cops hunt killer

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Written By Maya Cantina
  • Denisse Oleas-Arancibia, 38, was found by a maid at SoHo’s 54 Hotel Thursday
  • Her death has been ruled a homicide by neck compression and head trauma
  • A bloody iron was also discovered by cops by Oleas-Arancibia’s beaten body

The mother found dead next to a bloody iron in a New York City hotel room was strangled and beaten to death, an autopsy has revealed.

Denisse Oleas-Arancibia, 38, was discovered by staff at SoHo 54 Hotel around 10.30am Thursday. Her death has been provisionally ruled a homicide.

A spokesman for the city medical examiner said Oleas-Arancibia died of compression to her neck and blunt head trauma.

She was unconscious and unresponsive when authorities arrived on scene. She sustained significant head trauma and was pronounced dead by EMS.

Denisse Oleas-Arancibia, 38, was found dead in a room at SoHo 45 Hotel on Thursday morning

Her death has formally been ruled a homicide (pictured: interior of the room where Oleas-Arancibia was found)

Her death has formally been ruled a homicide (pictured: interior of the room where Oleas-Arancibia was found)

Oleas-Arancibia died of compression to her neck and blunt head trauma, according to a spokesperson for the city medical examiner

Oleas-Arancibia died of compression to her neck and blunt head trauma, according to a spokesperson for the city medical examiner

A bloody iron was found near her body. However, there were no signs of forced entry, authorities said.

ABC 7 reported that a pair of bloody pants with a receipt in them were also recovered from the hotel room.

No arrests have been made and an investigation is ongoing. The woman’s son, 18-year-old Edwin Cevallos, spoke to his mother one day before her death.

But he said he saw changes in her demeanor a week before the tragedy. ‘She was so nervous and she was worried,’ Cevallos told the Daily News.

The teen said he was ‘in shock,’ adding: ‘Everything here in New York reminds me of her. Everything.’

Cevallos had been living with Oleas-Arancibia and her nephew in an apartment in Queens. 

The 38-year-old mother was unresponsive and unconscious when authorities arrived on scene. She was pronounced dead by EMS

The 38-year-old mother was unresponsive and unconscious when authorities arrived on scene. She was pronounced dead by EMS

A bloody iron was found lying by her body. Police also recovered a pair of bloody pants with a receipt in them from the hotel room

A bloody iron was found lying by her body. Police also recovered a pair of bloody pants with a receipt in them from the hotel room

Oleas-Arancibia (pictured left) came to the United States five years ago, leaving behind family including one of her sons

Oleas-Arancibia (pictured left) came to the United States five years ago, leaving behind family including one of her sons

Edwin Cevallos, 18, joined his mother in the country two years ago. He described her as 'a very good person' who 'never hurt anybody'

Edwin Cevallos, 18, joined his mother in the country two years ago. He described her as ‘a very good person’ who ‘never hurt anybody’

The Ecuador native came to the United States five years ago, leaving behind family including one of her other sons.

‘My mom, she worked very hard,’ said Cevallos, who joined her in the country two years ago.

While the teen conceded that he didn’t know his mother’s occupation, he said she was ‘always working for us to give us the best life in this country.’

The 18-year-old was waiting to meet her Thursday morning and phoned the police when he still didn’t see her at 1 pm.

Cevallos described his mother as ‘a very good person’ who was ‘always helping people’ and ‘never hurt anybody.’ 

‘She was always paying for everything. She never owed money to anybody. She was always looking to help them move forward,’ the teen said.

He explained that his mother had worked tirelessly to achieve the American Dream and provide a better life for her children.

‘She gave us the life that we always wanted,’ Cevallos said.

Cevallos admitted that he did not know what his mother did for work, but said she worked hard to give him the life he always wanted

Cevallos admitted that he did not know what his mother did for work, but said she worked hard to give him the life he always wanted

Detectives filed into the Manhattan hotel Thursday morning, startling guests who were staying there for New York Fashion Week

Detectives filed into the Manhattan hotel Thursday morning, startling guests who were staying there for New York Fashion Week

SoHo 45, formerly known as the Hampton Inn, advertises rooms for around $110 a night on its website

SoHo 45, formerly known as the Hampton Inn, advertises rooms for around $110 a night on its website

The last time he saw her was Wednesday morning, when she cooked him breakfast and paid a barber for his haircut.

Oleas-Arancibia told her son that she loved him as he left for school that day.  

‘She was always happy and having fun,’ Cevallos said. ‘I can’t believe this happened.’

Detectives filed into the Manhattan hotel Thursday morning, startling guests who were staying there for New York Fashion Week.

SoHo 45, formerly known as the Hampton Inn, advertises rooms for around $110 a night on its website.

The hotel did not immediately respond to DailyMail.com’s request for comment.

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