A man has turned himself into police following the alleged murder of a woman who was found dismembered in a hotel.

Tragic Guadalupe Lorenzo, 21, was found dead in a plastic bag at a hotel rented by the hour for couples to have sex in, according to local reports.

The murder reportedly took place in room 41 of the El Romance motel in the municipality of Guadalupe in the city of La Chorrera in the province of Panama Oeste in central Panama.

The suspect, 32, allegedly tried to explain the blood in the room by saying the woman had been on her period.

According to local media Ms Lorenzo was found dead on the night of December 7 last year.

A man, 32, has turned himself into police

Reports state that sources in the local authorities revealed the room had been rented that same day at 2.55pm for two hours and then at 4.55pm. A man then paid for two more hours before leaving the motel at 6.55pm.

The man reportedly told the establishment that his girlfriend had her period and had stained the bedsheets. He made the claim while leaving a tip for staff.

The housekeeping worker who cleaned the room after he left found a lot of blood in the room but did not raise the alarm until she found Lorenzo's partly dismembered body in a plastic bag in the garage used to access the room, according to local media.

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The body had several stab wounds on it, it is understood.

Reports state the General Attorney’s Office of Panama Oeste issued an arrest warrant for a suspect whose name has not been disclosed at the beginning of January after several witnesses identified the car Lorenzo had got into on the day of her death. The same car was reportedly seen in the security camera footage from the hotel.

The suspect is now under police custody while the investigation is ongoing.