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Hotel roof plunge was likely suicide, sources say

A woman who plunged to her death from the 10th floor of the W hotel Wednesday night apparently committed suicide, authorities said.

Witnesses told detectives that the woman had been drinking at the bar on the rooftop patio of the downtown W hotel, near the White House, and that she climbed over a fence on the patio.

D.C. fire department spokesman Pete Piringer said witnesses told authorities that the woman was then seen hanging by her hands from an overhang one story below the rooftop around 11 p.m.

“It looked like it’s going to be [ruled] a suicide,” a D.C. police official said Thursday, speaking on the condition of anonymity because the death is still under investigation. Authorities said there were no indications of foul play or that the fall was accidental.

The woman was 47 years old, the official said. The Post generally does not name people who commit suicide.

The D.C. medical examiner’s office had not ruled on the manner of her death and detectives were still looking into the woman’s activities immediately before the fatal plunge, the official said.

She was declared dead at the scene, Piringer said.

Uniformed Secret Service officers and D.C. police were at the scene late Wednesday, and 15th St. NW was shut down from New York Avenue south to Pennsylvania Avenue.

This post has been updated.

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