SAN JOSE -- The investigation into the deaths of two women who were found inside a North San Jose motel room Sunday has been turned over to the Santa Clara County Coroner's Office, according to police.

Monday, the coroner's office was still working to notify the victim's families. No cause of death has been determined, but San Jose police said there were no immediate signs of foul play.

The bodies were discovered by motel staff about 3:50 p.m. Sunday at the EZ-8 Motel on North First Street near Gish Road, San Jose police Sgt. John Carr said.

It was not clear how long the women had been there, but the odor and level of decomposition suggested several days, Carr said.

There was no indication the women were reported missing before they were found, Carr said.

The business functions both as a short-term and residential motel. Sources familiar with the case said someone checked the women in on Monday and that they were discovered only after motel staff noticed their "Do not disturb" door sign had been up for at least four consecutive days, spurring a welfare check.

That led to a staffer entering the room and immediately finding the women lying on a bed.

The news shocked other motel residents, who described themselves as a tight-knit community. The women were not familiar to residents at the scene.

"I don't want to assume who's there. But there's a lot of good people here," said Richard Dillard, who has lived at the motel for more than three years.


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