Motel death ruled suicide
A man found dead in Room 113 of the American Motel on Monday apparently hanged himself using a belt tied to a curtain box.
A desk clerk went to check on the room about 11:30 a.m. because David Michael Taylor, 20, of Tomberlin Road in Monroe did not check out by the 11 a.m. deadline, and the desk clerk found the body hanging in the room, Lenoir Police Capt. Couby Stilwell said. Taylor had been in Lenoir since Saturday on personal business. Taylor had not been at the hotel at the start of his time in the area, Stilwell said.
"He had not been in the room long," Stilwell added.