Honolulu Star-Bulletin Local News
Isle mainland traveler
shared room with corpse

Lynn Nakamura of Honolulu
'went crazy' when police told her a
body had been under the bed

By Pat Gee

Lynn Nakamura of Honolulu walked into a Pasadena, Calif., motel room with her brother and joked, "You better check under the beds for dead bodies because I'll freak if I find one."

That was before she and her brother, Dennis Wakabayashi of Los Angeles, noticed the foul odor that permeated the Travelodge Pasadena room July 24.

Not wanting to ask for another room because they had just been moved from another one, the two unknowingly spent the night in a room with a dead woman.

Police notified her Sunday that they found a woman's decomposed body Saturday under a twin bed in the room where she and her brother stayed July 24-25.

Pasadena police Detective Don Mowery said yesterday they have tentatively identified the body, a woman in her 20s, and have arrested a male suspect.

"It's a homicide," he said.

"I went crazy, hysterical," Nakamura said, when police called to question her. She said she couldn't fall asleep for 24 hours, she was so "scared and jumpy." She wouldn't let her husband, Richard, leave her alone in any room, and she's had to see a therapist.

Nakamura, owner of Travel Productions, travels a lot. But now, "I don't want to go into a hotel room. I tell my husband I won't go inside until he checks under the bed," she said.

Her husband pointed out that in spite of the tragedy of the woman's death, "the whole situation is real comical" in a way, she said.

While recounting details with her relatives, "we're cracking up and my sister says, 'Only you two dummies would stay in a room with a dead body! How could you be so stupid!'"

Laughing, Nakamura said, "And we even went out and bought two air fresheners" after the hotel staff sprayed the room.

Her brother thought it smelled like kim chee.

Nakamura said she later found out that the body was hidden in the hollow of a heavy, wooden platform of the bed her brother slept in.

Mowery said the body had been under the bed for nine to 10 days before being discovered by manager Jim Mou.

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