Cause of death revealed for woman found dead in motel


The Allen County Coroner’s Office now knows what killed 47-year-old Michelle Lee Funk-Pike a month after she was found dead in a motel room.

On Monday, July 16, the coroner’s office revealed Funk-Pike of Las Vegas died from blunt force injuries of the head, neck and chest. She was also strangled. Her death’s been ruled a homicide.

She was found dead on May 15. The next day, a murder charge was filed against a 35-year-old David Fabela who police believe killed her and wrapped her in blankets at the Regency Inn at 1004 W. Coliseum Blvd. He was her boyfriend.

According to a probable cause affidavit, police were called to the motel after a 911 caller said a man was talking around the hotel saying that he’d killed his girlfriend and her body was in his room. The caller said the man was “bragging” about the killing and claiming he’d tell the police she committed suicide, the affidavit said.

Police arrived at the motel and found the man – identified as Fabela – walking away from the motel. He was stopped by officers and detained, the affidavit said.

At the motel, a manager let police into Fabela’s room. Inside, police found dried blood splattered on the floor and, in a pile of blankets, the body of a woman wrapped up, the affidavit said. The body was cold to the touch, the document said.

Police interviewed a man who said he’d spoken with Fabela, who told him, “I killed my (expletive),” according to the affidavit. The man said Fabela said he killed her “because of her drinking; and she got me kicked out of my last apartment,” the affidavit said.

The man said Fabela said he hit the woman in the head several times and stabbed her, then got rid of the knife in a field behind the motel, the affidavit said.

Several other witnesses said they heard Fabela admit to killing the woman.

A crime scene detective noted in the affidavit that the woman had injuries to her head consistent with a physical beating.

Fabela is expected to stand trial in November. 

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