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Denver police suspect cyanide death at hotel

DENVER (AP) — Offi­cials per­form­ing an autop­sy Mon­day noticed an indi­ca­tion of cyanide poi­son­ing, lead­ing police to cor­don off streets as they inves­ti­gat­ed at the down­town hotel where the man’s body was found.

The Burns­ley Hotel was lat­er declared safe, though the floor where the body was found remained off lim­its, said Fire Depart­ment spokesman Alex Paez. Streets reopened lat­er Mon­day.

A haz­ardous mate­ri­als team found white pow­der in a bot­tle in the man’s fourth-floor room and was try­ing to deter­mine what it was, Paez said.

It appears the man was dead for sev­er­al days before his body was found, police spokesman John White said. Noth­ing sug­gests foul play.

The Demo­c­ra­t­ic Nation­al Con­ven­tion opens in Den­ver this month, but The Burns­ley is not on the list of hotels where del­e­gates are stay­ing.

Five rooms on the fourth floor were occu­pied, and those guests were moved to oth­er floors.

The Cen­ters for Dis­ease Con­trol and Pre­ven­tion describe cyanide as a fast-act­ing chem­i­cal that pre­vents the body from pro­cess­ing oxy­gen. It can be used in man­u­fac­tur­ing, met­al­lur­gy and pest exter­mi­na­tion.


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