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Apparent assault victim in hot tub

June 03, 2008|David Reyes

Police on Monday were trying to find out how a woman wound up naked and barely conscious in a Costa Mesa hotel hot tub.

The unidentified 20-year-old woman, a guest at the Ramada Limited & Suites, was found Sunday about 7 a.m. when a hotel employee went to unlock the spa area for another guest, said Costa Mesa Police Lt. Paul Dondero.

Police responded to a report of a possible drowning, but when they arrived they found the woman breathing and floating face up in the water, he said. "She's fine now," Dondero said, adding that the woman, an apparent victim of a sexual assault, was taken to Hoag Memorial Hospital Presbyterian in Newport Beach, where she was examined and released Sunday.

"Our detectives are trying to determine what happened," Dondero said.

No suspect has been identified.

Police did not reveal any details of the investigation, including whether the woman was staying with other guests.

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-- David Reyes

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