THE man arrested on suspicion of murder after the death of the receptionist at a Bournemouth hotel remains detained under the mental health act.

As reported, Dorset Police was called at 8.01am on Wednesday December 9 to a report that a woman, aged in her 20s, had been found dead at the Travelodge hotel in Christchurch Road. The victim was working as a receptionist at the hotel.

A 32-year-old man from Bournemouth was arrested on suspicion of murder.

Providing an update, a spokesperson for Dorset Police said: “Following a further assessment by mental health professionals, the suspect continues to be detained under the mental health act. 

“Whilst he remains in the care of mental health services the investigation is still ongoing.”

A post-mortem examination was carried out on Thursday December 10 and indicated that the woman’s cause of death was multiple blunt force injury.

Detective Chief Inspector Jez Noyce, of Dorset Police’s Major Crime Investigation Team, said: “Our thoughts continue to remain with the victim’s family and everyone who has been affected by this terribly sad incident.

“Officers are keeping the victim’s family updated and they are being supported by specially-trained officers.

“While the arrested man has been transferred to the care of mental health services, the investigation is still ongoing and I am continuing to appeal to anyone who witnessed or heard anything suspicious in the area of the Travelodge in Christchurch Road on the morning of Wednesday December 9 to please get in touch.”

Anyone with information is asked to call Dorset Police on 101, quoting occurrence number 55200184895.