Missing man found dead as cyanide prompts evacuation at Belle Isle hotel

Unspilled bottle of cyanide discovered at WoodSpring Suites

ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. – A missing man was found dead Thursday night at a Belle Isle hotel, which had to be evacuated after a bottle of cyanide was discovered, according to police.

The Belle Isle Police Department said officers were called to the WoodSpring Suites, where the man, whose name has not yet been released, was found dead in a room. A bottle of cyanide, which was not spilled, was also discovered in the room, according to police.

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Investigators said the hotel was evacuated while crews tested the cyanide. Guests were later allowed to return to their rooms.

“(A hazmat team) tested the room for the hazardous material and it was negative. It was present, but not a threat to anyone,” Deputy Chief Travis Grimm said.

Exposure to cyanide, which can prevent a body’s cells from using oxygen, can be deadly.

One officer was checked for possible exposure to the chemical but was expected to be OK, officials said.