A prominent French academic by the name of Richard Descoings was found dead in a New York hotel room where he was staying
French academic, Richard Descoings had come to New York to attend a conference, but it turned out that this place turned out to be the place where he died. Richard Descoings was found dead in a New York hotel room on Tuesday afternoon. Authorities found him naked, but the details of in which condition his body was found, have not been released.
According to reports, Richard Descoings had flown in from Paris to attend a conference at Columbia University but he eventually did not show up at the conference on Tuesday morning. Eventually, his colleagues called up the Michelangelo Hotel, where he was staying to enquire about his whereabouts. When the waiter went up to his room to check, he said that he could hear someone snoring, that is why he thought that Descoings was still in his room sleeping.
However, when Richard Descoings failed to appear at the conference even after several hours, the hotel staff visited his room this time and found his nude body and the room in a complete mess. According to the officials investigating the case, some of Desoings belongings were discovered on a third-floor landing of the hotel, exactly below his seventh floor window. Upon further investigations it was discovered that his wallet was gone, but his credit cards were found in his room. In addition to that, it was also apparent that alcohol had been consumed in the room and even though there were no signs of forced entry, there were still signs that another person was also present in the room.
After that the hotel staff called the police to the scene and the officials are now investigating the case since the circumstances surrounding his death are suspicious. This is going to be the second major investigation in a year to be launched by New York Police, which involves a major French personality. Before this, the head of the International Monetary Fund, Dominique Strauss-Kahn was arrested from New York when a woman accused him of sexual assault.
Richard Descoings was the director of the prestigious Institute of Political Studies in Paris and he was also the member of France's Council of State. The institute which he led is known as Institut d'Etudes Politiques de Paris.