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Man found slain in Gainesville hotel identified

GAINESVILLE — Gainesville Police have identified the victim in Saturday’s slaying at the Sun Suites extended stay hotel.

The victim is Harmon V. Lavender, 52, of Gainesville. It was determined after an autopsy Monday that the cause of death was multiple stab wounds.

In addition, Gainesville police have safely located Jose Garcia-Flores, a man they say is connected to the case and whose welfare they were concerned about, according to a news release.

Authorities believe the incident is isolated.

The 911 call about 2 p.m. Saturday came from a hotel employee, said Gainesville Police Cpl. Kevin Holbrook.

The Georgia Bureau of Investigation and local police are continuing their investigation, and no other details were available.