A 28-year-old man has been charged with murder in connection with the death of a woman found under a bed at a Salt Lake City motel.
Thomas Joseph Kumalac is charged with one count of murder, a first-degree felony, and one count of obstruction of justice, a second-degree felony.
On June 2, Salt Lake police were called to the Capitol Motel, 1749 South State St., on a report of a deceased woman, charging documents say. A guest at the motel reported to management that there was a foul odor when she went into Room 12.
The body of Jessica Jensen, 26, was found beneath a mattress and box spring in the room.
Motel records showed Kumalac checked into the room on May 27 and checked out May 31, court documents say. A surveillance video shows Kumalac and Jensen checking into the motel together. Video also showed Kumalac leaving the room on May 30 with a bag that he threw in a dumpster. In the bag, police found a bloody pillow case, a bloody shirt and small backpack that had papers with Jensen’s name on them, charging documents say.
Kumalac told detectives that on May 28, while in the room, he approached Jensen from behind and strangled her, documents say. Police said he told investigators he used a knife to stab Jensen then hid her body under the bed because it was the only place in the room to hide her. The documents don’t state Kumalac’s motive.
An autopsy on June 2 indicated Jensen died from strangulation and multiple stab wounds to her torso. Jensen is believed to have died four to five days prior to the examination, charging documents say.
She was the mother of a 5-year-old daughter.