Authorities asked for the public’s help Thursday to locate a person of interest in a killing at a hotel in Laguna Niguel.

Investigators want to talk to David Moreno, 38, of San Juan Capistrano in connection with the death of 36-year-old Griselda Petra Pinedareta, according to Orange County Sheriff’s Department Sgt. Todd Hylton.

Sheriff’s deputies were dispatched about noon Oct. 15 to the hotel in the 28000 block of Camino Capistrano to aid an “unresponsive” woman in the room, Hylton said. The victim was pronounced dead at the scene, and investigators suspect she was a homicide victim, according to Hylton.

Pinedareta’s 1999 Honda Civic was missing, but investigators have since recovered it, Hylton said.

Investigators want to find Moreno to discuss the killing with him, Hylton said.

Anyone with information helpful to investigators was asked to call the sheriff’s department at 714-288-6740. Orange County Crime Stoppers will accept anonymous tips at (855) TIP-OCCS.

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