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UPDATE: Death at Cascades Motel in East Ridge ruled a homicide

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EAST RIDGE, TN (WRCB) -

UPDATE: A "suspicious death" at Cascades Motel in East Ridge has been ruled a homicide.

According to the Medical Examiner's report, 51-year-old Gino Levern Pickett of South Pittsburg died from "manual strangulation."

East Ridge Police Captain Tim Mullinax said Pickett's body was found in a room at the Ringgold Road motel on October 16, following a call from a female who stated, "Her boyfriend was laid out.”

When authorities tried calling back, the phone went to voicemail.

The police report states that EMS and East Ridge Fire Department personnel were able to gain access to the room because the door was partially open.

EMS crews found Pickett facedown in the bathroom.

Here's the entire autopsy from the Hamilton County Medical Examiner's Office:

Investigators have not released any suspect information at this time.

If you know anything about this case, you're asked to call the East Ridge Police Department at 423-622-1725.

Stay with WRCBtv.com for updates to this developing story.


PREVIOUS STORY: The East Ridge Police Department are investigating what their spokesman called a “suspicious death” of a man found at the Cascades Motel on Sunday.

Captain Tim Mullinax with ERPD said the initial call came from a female who stated, "Her boyfriend was laid out.” When authorities tried to call back, it went to voicemail.

A police report states that EMS and ERFD personnel were able to gain access to the room because the door was partially open.

Puckett EMS and East Ridge Fire and Rescue located the man in the bathroom facedown.

First responders attempted to provide medical services to the man who was unresponsive. He was later declared deceased by EMS personnel.

A Tennessee driver’s license was located and police identified the victim as Gino L. Pickett. Investigators also found a cell phone, and car keys belonging to a vehicle parked nearby.

Investigators said Pickett’s injuries were to his face and head.

Police said the room was registered to a woman from Mississippi that checked in on Friday, October 14th. The owner of the motel tells Channel 3 that he did not recognize the woman that paid for the room.

The Hamilton County EMS transported the victim’s body to the medical examiner’s office for autopsy.

The Cascades Motel has been at the center of crime scenes in the community in the past. A man was shot and killed on February 20th 2015. Reginald Ballard was found dead in a room at the motel, he was shot twice. Then in April 2016, a woman was suffered from a gunshot wound to the leg.

Stay with Channel 3 as this story updates.  

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