FINAL CHECKOUT: Cops say man camped out with tent on bed in his motel room; found dead when he failed to check out on time
Newark, Del. – Delaware State Police Major Crimes Unit detectives are continuing their investigation of the death of a male tenant of the Days Inn Motel which began Jan. 3, 2015 in Newark. But don’t worry, the cops say the death scene was all natural, no foul play, nothing to look at … keep moving folks.
The initial investigation has determined that the incident was reported at approximately 2:30 p.m., Saturday, January 3, 2015, after an employee of the Days Inn located at 900 Churchman’s Road in Newark, contacted 9-1-1 after finding a motel guest apparently deceased in his room after checking on his welfare. Emergency Medical Services personnel responded to the motel where they located Matthew Ornstein, 34, of Chevy Chase, Maryland, unresponsive inside of a tent that he had erected on top of his bed inside of the room. He was pronounced dead at the scene.
Police say that Ornstein also located inside the room were several small propane canisters. It was at this point that personnel from the Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control, as well as the Delaware State Police, were contacted and responded to assume the investigation.
Through further investigation it was determined that Matthew Ornstein had been using the propane canisters as a lighting source inside of the tent he had erected.
State Police Detectives working in coordination with investigators from the Delaware Department of Safety and Homeland Security Division of Forensic Science removed the body from the scene. An autopsy will be conducted to determine the cause and manner of his death. However, the death does not appear to be suspicious in nature and foul play is not suspected.