Police investigating Saco motel beating, death of homeless woman

Posted Nov. 04, 2012, at 1:32 p.m.
Last modified Nov. 04, 2012, at 6:52 p.m.

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SACO, Maine — Saco and Maine State Police are investigating the beating of a homeless Portland woman who was found critically injured Saturday morning in a motel room.

Elizabeth Williams, 55, was found by cleaning staff at the Sunrise Motel on Route 1 and rushed to Maine Medical Center in Portland, according to Maine Department of Public Safety spokesman Stephen McCausland. She died at the hospital Sunday afternoon, he said.

The state Medical Examiner’s Office will perform an autopsy on Williams’ body on Monday, McCausland said.

“We are now looking to to the medical examiner for answers as to how she died,” McCausland said.

He said in a press release issued Sunday afternoon that detectives are working to gather evidence from the room and are talking to anyone who had contact with Williams since Friday.

Police have spoken with the man who rented the motel room, he said.