A woman was found dead in a Florida motel room with two live Capuchin monkeys and one incoherent man. The police are investigating this suspicious death and are planning to question the man found on the scene once he is cleared by hospital staff.
According to DB Techno News on January 31, the monkeys were in crates inside the hotel room where the body of the dead woman was discovered. Police have also recovered a note, but they are not disclosing the content to the public.
KTLA 5 News reports the woman is identified as 59-year-old Linda Marie Smith of Arcadia, Florida. Police found Smith, the monkeys and the incoherent man in a North Port Budget Inn.
There were no apparent sighs of trauma on Smith’s body, police report. Police did not release the name of the man found in the room. He is undergoing medical treatment at a local hospital and will be questioned by police.
The Florida Fish an Wildlife Conservation Commission has taken the monkeys and they are caring for them at a facility. The woman’s cause of death is unknown, but an autopsy is being done that should help determine how she died.
According to Rain Forest Alliance a Capuchin Monkey comes from Brazil and other Latin American countries. They live in groups of 10-35 monkeys within the rain forest. These small monkeys are “agile and lean, Capuchin monkeys weigh only 3 – 9 pounds (1.36 – 4.9 kilograms).”
The Rain Forest Alliance explains the appearance of these monkeys as “the fur of the Capuchin monkey varies, but is most commonly seen with cream or light tan coloring around the face, neck and shoulders. The rest of its coat is dark brown. The hair is shorter and darker on the Capuchin’s back than on other parts of its body. The face of this cute monkey will range from white to pink in color. The tail is long, covered in hair and is partially able to wrap around branches.”
These are the monkey’s you would see with street entertainers in foreign countries or with the old-fashion organ grinders seen in the U.S. in an era gone by. They’ve become popular as pets because they are so easy to train. “Because of this, they are used to help people who are quadriplegics in many developed countries.”