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Fort Worth woman found dead in her tanning bed

Police are looking into the death of a woman found dead in a tanning bed in her East Fort Worth apartment.

The woman, who the medical examiner identified as 43-year-old Donna Guempel, was found face down with what appeared to be blood around her mouth in her apartment in the 3700 block of Post Oak Boulevard by a maintenance worker from her apartment complex, said Lt. Paul Henderson, police spokesman.

The maintenance worker was trying to deliver a rent notice to her apartment because she hadn't paid her rent and noticed another rent notice on the door along with a delivery notice from July 15 for a parcel, according to a police report.

The maintenance worker "was concerned that maybe there was something wrong," Henderson said. "He used his passkey to get into her apartment and that's when he noticed her lying face down."

Henderson said the tanning bed was off but that it's possible it was turned off by a timer, which is a common feature for a tanning bed.

He said homicide detectives are waiting on tests from the medical examiner's office and haven't verified whether the substance around her mouth that appeared to be blood was actually blood.