Woman Found Dead Inside Smoke-Filled Hotel Room Identified

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KILLEEN (July 7, 2014) A preliminary autopsy report released Monday identified the woman who was found dead Saturday in a smoke-filled hotel room in Killeen as Shainta Nicole Tiller, 25, of Grand Prairie.

Police initially said she was from Woodway, but issued a correction a short time later.

A ruling on the cause of her death remains pending the results of toxicology tests and the police investigation, the report said.

Officers responded at around 11:30 a.m. Saturday to reports of smoke coming from a room at the Palace Inn on East Veterans Memorial Boulevard.

One of the hotel employees used a master key card to enter the room and found a woman inside unconscious and the room filled with smoke.

The woman was later pronounced dead by Judge Cooke, who ordered an autopsy to be performed.

The fire had burned itself out by the time firefighters arrived.

The exact cause of the woman's death and the cause of the fire are both under investigation.

No other injuries were reported.

The Killeen Police and Fire Departments are conducting a joint investigation of the death.

Investigators are asking anyone with information about the incident to call Crime Stoppers at (254) 526-TIPS.

Tips may also be submitted online.