Restaurateur Found Dead In Casino Hotel

Published August 5, 2003 by OCR Editor

Restaurateur Found Dead In Casino Hotel

A part-owner of a chain of Mexican restaurants in the Dallas area was found dead in a casino hotel room Monday...

A housekeeper at the Hollywood Casino found the body of Ben Ojeda of Plano when she entered his room, authorities said.

There was no obvious sign of trauma to Mr. Ojeda's body, but detectives were looking into whether foul play was involved, city police spokeswoman Kacee Hargrave said.

The Caddo Parish coroner's office will perform an autopsy, police said.

"At this point we have not been able to make a determination that this was homicide," Ms. Hargrave said.

Mr. Ojeda was part-owner of Ojeda's restaurants, which has five locations in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. His father founded the restaurants.

The Ojeda family said it didn't have enough information to talk about what happened. Relatives referred questions to Dallas attorney Adelfa Callejo, who could not be reached for comment Monday night.

Some personal items were reported missing from Mr. Ojeda's room, but it was not clear whether they were stolen, Ms. Hargrave said.

There were no signs of a struggle or forced entry.

Mr. Ojeda, whose age was not immediately known, was last seen gambling in the hotel casino Sunday night.

His brother also was staying at the hotel.

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