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Man Found Dead in Holiday Inn Express in Boone, Swift Autopsy Reports Indicate Death from Natural Causes

Feb. 20, 2014. On Tuesday Feb. 18, 2014, at approximately 10:30 a.m., the Boone Police Department responded to the Holiday Inn Express on Blowing Rock Road in Boone to investigate a death in Room 528.

Upon arrival, officers discovered Mr. Wayne Robert Illar, 58, deceased inside his room. Investigators were called to the scene and began investigating the incident. Investigators do not suspect any foul play in this incident.

The North Carolina Medical Examiner’s Office conducted an autopsy on the victim, and all preliminary reports indicate the death was from natural causes.

Shane Robbins, spokesman for the police department, said that carbon monoxide wasn’t found in the hotel room.