Person of interest being questioned in women’s hotel slayings

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MIDTOWN, Manhattan — Investigators are questioning a man Friday morning in connection with the deaths of two women whose bodies were found in hotels in Manhattan and Brooklyn, authorities said.

Joseph Danclair, 36, of Brooklyn, was named a person of interest Tuesday, police said. He was in custody Friday but not arrested.

Danclair is believed to have spent time with each victim before they died, police said.

Neither of the victims’ names has been released.

The first woman was found about 4:30 p.m. July 23 inside the Bushwick Hotel, located at 171 Bushwick Ave., Brooklyn, police said. She was 35.

The second woman was found several weeks later. In that case, a 43-year-old was discovered shortly after 4 p.m. Sept. 8 inside the Manhattan Broadway Hotel at 273 West 38 St.

The cause of death for each woman is still under investigation, police said.