Mystery surrounds teen's death as motel closes

Morgan Myers (left)

The Boone County medical examiners office had no answers Monday on what caused the death of a 16-year old found dead at a Columbia motel last week. A spokesman says it will take weeks for toxicology reports to come back on Morgan Myers.

According to an online obituary in the Columbia Daily Tribune, family and friends are planning a memorial service to remember Myers' life Wednesday at 5pm at Stephen's Lake Park.

Many have already posted their own tributes to Myers on her Facebook page.

Officers found her body at the Providence Inn and Suites Motel at the corner of Providence Road and Vandiver Drive shortly before 6 a.m. Thursday morning, after they received an anonymous phone call to 911.

The unidentified male caller told police he found an unconscious girl in his room and then hung up. "The way the call came in and the details and the circumstances that they found there, led them to believe it wasn't a natural death," says Columbia Police Sgt. Joseph Bernhard. "It wasn't from natural causes. They are investigating that as a homicide."

Monday a woman who answered the phone at the Providence Inn, said the motel would be closing May 1.

The motel at the corner of Providence and Vandiver is well known as a place many families have called their permanent home. Children can be seen playing in the parking lot as their playground. The motel worker says about 35-40 families live there full time. She counted the total number of available rooms around 60.

If you have any information about the investigation, police urge you to call Columbia CrimeStoppers at 573-875-TIPS.