Woman found dead outside of local hotel Sunday


A woman was found dead behind a Manhattan hotel over the weekend, according to a Riley County Police Department report.

Police received a 911 call at 7:20 a.m. Sunday from a Quality Inn employee who discovered the body of 18-year-old Alheli Z. Alcantara lying behind the southeast corner of the hotel.

Because the hotel is in an area of Manhattan that spills into Pottawatomie County, the Pottawatomie County Sheriff’s Office is also involved in the investigation.

After identifying the victim early Monday and notifying her family, the departments called a joint press conference to publicize the case.

The police are looking for the victim’s vehicle, a “light-colored” 1991 Toyota Previa with a Kansas tag, 980 BCK. The headlight on the driver’s side is out and there is no wiper on the back windshield.

Police also said there is a K-State sticker in the window of the van, but the windows are tinted, which could make the sticker hard to see.

RCPD Capt. Tim Hegarty said anyone who sees a van matching the description needs to call 911 or Riley County Crime Stoppers at 785-539-7777.

“We would rather get a call on every Toyota Previa than to miss the real one,” Hegarty said.