Milton woman found dead in Cancun hotel room, family say


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Sativa Transue, 26, was found dead in her Cancun hotel room on Saturday while vacationing in Mexico with her boyfriend, the victim’s family said.

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A 26-year-old woman from Milton was found dead in her hotel room in Mexico on Saturday while on vacation in Cancun with her boyfriend, according to the woman’s family.

A State Department official confirmed on Wednesday afternoon that Sativa Transue died in Mexico.

“We offer our deepest condolences to the family for their loss,” DOS said in an emailed statement. “We are closely monitoring the investigation by local authorities into the cause of death and are providing the family with all appropriate consular assistance.”

The woman’s family learned of Transue’s death after receiving a call from the U.S. consulate in Mexico, according to KOMO News. Transue, from Spokane, had been living with her boyfriend for three years in Milton. They left for Cancún for Thanksgiving.

“I’ve never been so heartbroken,” Sativa’s sister Mykayla Bolieu told the TV station.

According to family and local Mexican news, Transue’s boyfriend has been arrested for investigating her murder.

Bolieu worried about his sister after Transue texted him on Friday saying she had a fight with her boyfriend and needed stitches. Bolieu told the news station that Transue was found beaten to death the next morning.

Transue was a graduate of Eastern Washington University in Cheney, Washington, about 15 miles south of Spokane. She attended Cheney High School.

The family started a GoFundMe raise money to bring Transue home. According to the fundraiser page, a family representative was traveling to Mexico to identify Transue and help bring her back to the United States.

This story was originally published 2 December 2021 09:27.

Peter Talbot covers crime and the latest news in Pierce County. He started with The News Tribune in 2021. Prior to that, he obtained his BA in Journalism from Indiana University. In college, he worked as an intern at the NPR in Washington, DC. He also interned for the Oregonian and the Tampa Bay Times.


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