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Queens Chronicle

Elmhurst motel death ruled homicide

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Posted: Monday, February 11, 2013 11:38 am | Updated: 1:23 pm, Mon Feb 11, 2013.

Homicide detectives are continuing to investigate the death of a Middle Village man who was found dead Saturday night in an Elmhurst motel.

Police from the NYPD’s 110th Precinct said Joseph Benzinger, 54, was found unconscious at about 11:40 p.m. in his room at the Crown Motor Inn at 74-01 Queens Blvd. by officers responding to a 911 call.

Published reports stated that Benzinger was strangled. He was pronounced dead at the scene by EMS personnel.

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