Amarillo Police make an arrest in motel homicide

UPDATE: The female victim has been identified as 20-year-old Miranda Zimmerman. Premliminary autopsy reports indicate that Miranda died from blunt force trauma to the upper body. Amarillo Police Department is asking anyone with information regarding this crime to contact the Special Crimes Unit at 378-9468.

The Amarillo Police Departments Special Crimes Unit is investigating the city's latest homicide after a female's body was discovered early Monday morning inside a motel room.

Police say a man called 9-1-1 to report a female was possibly dead in room 229 of the Luxury Inn and Suites at 2:10 a.m. Officers and medical personnel arrived to find a white female dead in that room, but the man who called was no longer in the room. Officers later spotted a man in the parking lot of the motel and detained him after it was discovered he was the person who called 9-1-1. Police identify him as 31-year old Matthew Zimmerman. Investigators say evidence at the scene indicted the female's death was the result of foul play.

Zimmerman was arrested and booked into the Potter County Correction Center for murder. Justice of the Peace Thomas Jones has ordered an autopsy which is scheduled for March 5th in Lubbock. Police are not releasing the victim's name or further details on the case.

Police are asking if anyone has any information about the homicide, to please call Special Crimes Unit at 378-9468.