Daytona Beach Shores cops: Death of woman, 34, in Hawaiian Inn under investigation as a homicide

Headline Surfer illustration / The Hawaiian Inn, 2301 S. Atlantic Ave, Daytona Beach Shores, Florida, was the scene of a homicide on Friday, Sept. 22, 2017.
 
By HENRY FREDERICK
Headline Surfer

DAYTONA BEACH SHORES, Fla. -- The death of 34-year-old female in a motel room is being investigated as a homicide, cops said.

She was identified Sunday as Olympia Cerruti, 34, a black female, with a date of birth of Dec. 26, 1982.

Here's a synopsis of what occurred at 5: 23 a.m. Friday as described by Lt. Michael Fowler to Headline Surfer in an email media alert: Officers of the Daytona Beach Shores Department of Public Safety responded to the Hawaiian Inn located at 2301 South Atlantic Ave., regarding a CPR call in progress.  Responding officers found a 34-year-old female suffering from a traumatic injury in full cardiac arrest.  Resuscitative efforts were unsuccessful, and the victim was pronounced deceased at the scene. 

Fowler said investigators are interviewing multiple witnesses and the Volusia County Sheriff’s Office is processing the crime scene.  The case is being treated as a homicide. The identity of the victim was initially withheld until notification of next of kin could be made.  This investigation is in its incipient stages and more information will be released as it becomes available, Fowler added.

Daytona Beach Shores Lt. Michael Fowler / Headline SurferHere's a synopsis of what occurred at 5: 23 a.m. Friday as described by Lt. Michael Fowler to Headline Surfer in an email media alert: Officers of the Daytona Beach Shores Department of Public Safety responded to the Hawaiian Inn located at 2301 South Atlantic Ave., regarding a CPR call in progress.  Responding officers found a 34-year-old female suffering from a traumatic injury in full cardiac arrest.  Resuscitative efforts were unsuccessful, and the victim was pronounced deceased at the scene. 

Fowler said investigators are interviewing multiple witnesses and the Volusia County Sheriff’s Office is processing the crime scene.  The case is being treated as a homicide. The identity of the victim was initially withheld until notification of next of kin could be made.  This investigation is in its incipient stages and more information will be released as it becomes available, Fowler added.

Anyone with information on this homicide is asked to please call Fowler at 386-527-8273. 

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Henry Frederick is publisher of Headline Surfer®, the award-winning 24/7 internet news outlet covering the Daytona Beach-Sanford-Orlando metro area via HeadlineSurfer.com since 2008. A longtime cops & courts reporter focused on breaking news & investigative reporting, Frederick is among the Sunshine State's most prolific daily news reporters, having amassed close to a hundred award-winning byline stories narly eveenly split in print and digital platforms. Frederick earned his Master of Arts in New Media Journalism with academic honors from Full Sail University in Winter Park in February 2019. He was a metro reporter with the Daytona Beach News-Journal for nearly a decade and then served as a city editor for the Taunton Daily Gazette in Taunton, Mass, while maintaining a residence in Central Florida. Prior to moving to Florida, Frederick was a metro reporter for the Rockland Journal-News in Wst Nyack, NY, for seven years. Headline Surfer was named the Sunshine State's top internet news site by the Florida Press Club in 2018.