Answers sought after man’s death in Wilton motel
State Police spent the day combing the scene of a suspicious death at a motel owned by Prestige Limo owner Shahed Hussain, but found no immediate connection to Hussain or his business.
Troopers said they were first called to the Crest Inn and Suites on Route 9 for an “unattended death” Wednesday but deemed it “suspicious” after investigating.
Officials have not released the name of the man. An autopsy was to be performed.
“At this time, the death does not have any connection to the owners of the business, or the business itself,” troopers said.
Saratoga County officials who spoke on condition of anonymity said it appeared the man had been dead for several days.
Property manager Arnie Cornett said the man lived in a unit that adjoined the 22-unit motel’s office. He was in his 60s and lived alone but was often visited by his daughter, Cornett said.
Cornett said most people stay for a short time but others for much longer “because it’s all they’ve ever known.”
Since 2015, the motel has received 10 code violations for problems including fire risks, electrical issues, sewer backups and mold, Wilton Supervisor Art Johnson said. Over the years, he said, the town has ordered the business closed until repairs were made. Johnson said investigators from the state Inspector General’s office were at Town Hall this week examining code enforcement records on the motel.
The motel cottages and rooms, separated by a courtyard with a lawn. In a Times Union story last year, Hussain’s son, Shahyer, said the complex often served as transitional housing for low-income people, who paid $225 to $250 a week to live there.
The Hussains bought the property in 2005.
On Saturday afternoon in Schoharie, Prestige Limo’s limo was taking friends from the Amsterdam area to Cooperstown for a birthday celebration. The limo crashed at routes 30 and 30A, killing all 17 passengers, the driver and two people near in the parking lot of the Apple Barrel Country Store.
Shahed Hussain’s son, Nauman, 29, was charged Wednesday with criminally negligent homicide, accused of putting an unsafe limousine on the road.
State Police Friday examine a motel unit where a man’s body was found.