American found dead in Makati hotel

Posted at | Updated as of 06/11/12 10:22 PM

MANILA, Philippines – An American national who works for the U.S. Department of State was found dead inside his hotel room in Makati on Sunday evening.

Gary Edward Stenules, 58, was discovered hanging inside his room at the Dusit Thani Manila by a hotel employee at around 6 p.m.

Stenules reportedly left a suicide note but authorities decided not to reveal its contents.

Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) agents who arrived at the scene said they doubt there was foul play involved in the death of Stenules.

Authorities said Stenules, an Illinois native, was only on vacation in Manila.

Makati Police chief Superintendent Jaime Santos, meanwhile, said local police still have jurisdiction over the alleged suicide case, and assured that the FBI agents only arrived to monitor the investigation. – report from Dexter Ganibe, dzMM