Colorado Springs girl, 23, crushed and strangled, post-mortem discovered | Colorado Springs Information

A Colorado Springs woman who died last fall after she stopped responding at an Ivywild motel was beaten and strangled, police said on Wednesday as she covered the 38th murder of the year.

An autopsy revealed that Elena Alinj, 23, died after being attacked at the Sun Springs Motel, 1411 Nevada Ave. Her death is a record for 2018 murders in Colorado Springs, 40% higher than the 24 murders reported here in 2019.

Alinj did not respond when police responded to a call for medical assistance in a room at the Sun Springs Motel, 1411 S. Nevada Ave., early September 28. Alinj’s friend was also in the room, police said.

When a hospital examination found multiple injuries to Alinj’s body, police returned to the hotel, where detectives questioned their friend and, according to a police report, searched the scene.

Alinj died of her injuries the next day, police said. The El Paso County Coroner Bureau completed the autopsy on September 30, but initially classified the results as “pending.” The coroner’s final report, presented to police on December 7, found that Alinj had died of “blunt violent injuries” and strangulation, according to police.

No arrests were made in Alinj’s murder, and detectives are still actively investigating the matter.

Prior to 2018, the city’s record for murders was 32, which was set in 2011 and 2017.

Anyone with information that may be of use in the investigation is asked to call the police at 719-444-7000. Callers who wish to remain anonymous can call the Crime Stoppers Tip Line at 719-634-STOP (7867) or 1-800-222-8477.

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