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  • Jamie Duffy | The Journal Gazette Janaya Michelle Boone, 38, was found dead Wednesday in her rented room at the Regency Inn on Coliseum Boulevard West. 

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Friday, December 14, 2018 1:00 am

Body ID'd in Regency Inn death; man sought

JAMIE DUFFY | The Journal Gazette

Police know who they are looking for in a suspicious death at the Regency Inn on Coliseum Boulevard West.

Tyrin Royce Boone, 40, was named as a person of interest in the death of Janaya Michelle Boone, 38, of Fort Wayne. She was found dead at 12:23 p.m. Wednesday after police responded to a 911 call.

The coroner identified Janaya Boone on Thursday but did not rule on the cause or manner of her death. If her death is deemed a homicide, it would be the 44th this year in Allen County.

Boone was found lying face down next to a bed, according to Victoria Martin, who lives in a room almost directly under Room 208, where she said Boone lived.

Martin, who helps with housekeeping and other chores at the inn, was one of four people to discover Boone's lifeless body Wednesday, she said. At first she thought the body she was looking at wasn't real.

They intended to clear out the room after they were told the rent had not been paid, Martin said.

A manager at the desk, who did not identify himself, said Janaya Boone had rented the room about a week ago. Rent is typically $200 a week or $45 per night, he said.

Martin said she and her roommate heard Boone and her presumed husband fight and yell constantly.

“They fought so much,” Martin said.

As the crime scene unfolded, Martin's roommate, who identified himself as Paul, overheard the police talking outside their ground-floor room. Police talked about Boone being stabbed multiple times, Paul said.

The couple had a baby who is about a year old. Another inn resident, Heather Mosley, pulled up a photo of Tyrin Boone and the baby that a friend sent her.

Neither Mosley nor Martin knew if Tyrin Boone had a vehicle.

Mosley said she approached Janaya Boone on Tuesday afternoon after she saw her pacing in front of her room. Mosley asked her if she was OK and was told that everything was not OK. Mosley said she'd be around to help if needed, but the next day she found out the woman was dead.

Martin said Janaya Boone's mother came Wednesday and started to go up the stairs to her daughter's room when police stopped her.

“I have some bad news for you,” the police officer reportedly told Boone's mother. “Your daughter is dead.”

It's the second death this year at Regency Inn. Michelle Lee Funk-Pike, 47, of Las Vegas was found dead due to blunt force injuries to the head, neck and chest and strangulation May 15.

Her boyfriend, David Fabela, 35, was charged with murder a week later and is awaiting trial.

Both Martin and Mosley said the inn's owners have made improvements, including getting rid of drug activity.

“It was bad out here,” Mosley said. “It's getting so much better. There ain't no more of that anymore.”

Martin said police drive in and out every day and that the owners are striving to attract families.

According to Allen County tax records, AAHNA LLC owns the 1.24-acre property. The two-story motel built in 1960 has 62 units, each room about 271 square feet. Manilal Patel and Rajanikant Patel are listed as the buyers of the property for $660,000 two years ago. The Patels paid more than $14,000 in taxes this year and are up to date.

A man at the desk, who would not identify himself as the owner, said there are six security cameras on the property. However, the deaths of the two women took place inside their rooms.

According to a police description, Tyrin Boone is 6-feet tall, black and 250 pounds with brown eyes and black hair.

Anyone with information about the death or his whereabouts is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 436-7867.