HAYWARD -- An autopsy shows a man found unconscious in the hallway of a Hayward hotel last weekend died of internal bleeding, and although authorities don't know yet what caused the trauma, the death is considered suspicious.

Although 53-year-old Mark Mowdy's Sept. 16 autopsy revealed the cause of death, the Alameda County coroner has not determined if it was caused by a fall or a beating, Hayward Police Sgt. Ken Forkus said.

"At this point we're investigating it as a suspicious death," Forkus said.

Officers were dispatched at 6:41 a.m. on Sept. 14 to the Phoenix Lodge at 500 W. A St. after police say a hotel guest found Mowdy in a second-floor hallway.

Mowdy, a transient whose last known address was San Leandro and who was known to frequent Alameda, was taken to a hospital in critical condition where he was pronounced dead a short time later, Forkus said.

Police said Mowdy was not a registered guest at the hotel and on Friday continued to investigate why he was there and if he was with anyone before his death.

Anyone with information on this case is asked to contact Hayward police at 510- 293-7034.

Contact Natalie Neysa Alund at 510-293-2469. Follow her at Twitter.com/nataliealund.



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