Less than two weeks after a female was found dead inside a hotel room, the Harris County Institute of Forensic Sciences has identified her as a 15-year-old girl who was strangled with a belt by an adult.
Darrell Dewayne Smith, 22, has been charged with murder in the death of Diamond Sade Harper.
Prosecutors contend that Smith intentionally placed a belt around Harper's neck and tightened it, according to a court document filed against him.
Staff members found the body of Harper inside one of the rooms at the Hyatt North Houston hotel on the North Sam Houston Parkway East frontage road near Imperial Valley Drive on the afternoon of Friday, Nov. 2. The staff noticed her on the floor of the room earlier that morning, but had not verified if she was still alive.
A receptionist and a clerk at the hotel told police they verified Smith's identity when he and Harper checked into the hotel and when he checked out of the hotel by himself, while another guest at the hotel told police she heard screaming and crying coming from the room where Smith and Harper had spent the night on Thursday, Nov. 1.
Harper's family created the Facebook page titled "Justice for*Diamond Sade Harper*" on Saturday to help find the person who killed her.
Smith was scheduled to appear in court on Monday.