Police identify man found outside Hannibal hotel; death labeled as 'suspicious'

A body was found Wednesday outside of room on the first floor on the north side of the Best Way Inn in Hannibal. (H-W Photo/Don O'Brien)
Posted: Mar. 13, 2013 3:19 pm Updated: Mar. 27, 2013 4:15 pm

Herald-Whig Staff Writers

HANNIBAL, Mo. — The Hannibal Police Department is investigating the death of a man whose body was found Wednesday morning outside a Hannibal hotel.

Marion County Sheriff Jimmy Shinn said the death is being investigated as suspicious.

Marion County Coroner Darrell McCoy identified the man as Howard Miller, 63, of Hannibal.

Shinn initially served as the acting coroner in the case because McCoy was out of town at a state-mandated training conference. Shinn said his office was notified at 8 a.m. Wednesday that a body was found outside of room on the first floor on the north side of the Best Way Inn at 612 Mark Twain Avenue.

Lt. John Zerbonia of the Hannibal Police Department said the department would not release any information about the death until after an autopsy is completed on Thursday. The body was transported to Columbia for an autopsy.

Juda Coyle said the body was found immediately outside her apartment.

“I walked outside this morning and all I could see was his shoes,” Coyle said.

Coyle lives in Room 131, which is near the in-ground pool near the middle of the property. She said that she took her dog for a walk around 2 a.m. and didn’t see anything. She said she went to sleep around 4 a.m. and had not heard any noises her room. She said she has lived at the property since October.

According to a listing for the Best Way Inn on, a commercial real estate site, there are three buildings on site. There are 46 rooms at the hotel. Rooms can be rented by the week or the month. According to, the hotel is owned by Meldima Hotel Llc.


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