When 29-year-old Sarah Dorany died in a Boston boutique hotel in March, authorities initially thought it was a cardiac arrest—but investigators now believe she died under more sinister circumstances.
Aaron Parsons, 43, was arrested Wednesday in Maine and charged with manslaughter, engaging in sexual conduct for a fee, and fugitive from justice, after the medical examiner's office ruled Dorany’s death a homicide, according to a statement from the Boston Police Department.
Authorities were called to the Verb Hotel in Boston around 12:10 p.m. on March 13 after getting a report of a cardiac arrest.
When they arrived, they found an “unresponsive adult female” later identified as Dorany. She was pronounced dead at the scene, police said.
But months later, on July 28, the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner would rule the death a homicide.
The Boston Police Homicide Unit issued an arrest warrant for Parsons arrest on Tuesday and just one day later, Boston Police Fugitive Unit and the US Marshals Maine Violent Offender Task Force found Parsons in South Paris, Maine and took him into custody, police said.
“According to the Boston Police Fugitive Unit, on March 13, 2020 Parsons strangled his victim in a hotel room in Roxbury, MA,” according to a statement from the U.S. Marshals Service provided to Oxygen.com.
Parsons, who is from Revere, Massachusetts, fled to Maine after the killing, authorities said.
Dorany’s friends and family said in a Facebook group created after she initially disappeared that she had last been seen on March 11 around 3 p.m.
“She was planning to meet a friend at a restaurant in Boston, MA, but it is unknown if she made it,” one post reads. “She has not returned home and her phone is shut off. Her boyfriend has not heard from her.”
It’s not clear how Dorany and Parsons knew each other or how they may have connected before her death.
Parsons is currently being held in the Oxford County Jail pending arraignment until he’s brought back to Massachusetts, police said.
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