A couple has been arrested in connection with an early morning homicide at a Fairbanks hotel.


Alaska State Troopers were notified of a disturbance at the Extended Stay America on Old Airport Road shortly before 5 a.m. Wednesday. First responders discovered the body of 37-year-old Wesley Lord inside a room with injuries consistent with blunt-force trauma, according to an online dispatch.


Subsequent investigation led troopers to arrest 39-year-old Abraham Stine and his girlfriend Dominique Vasquez, who reportedly covered the victim’s mouth to silence him.


Both Vasquez and Stine were remanded to Fairbanks Correctional Center on second-degree murder charges. Lord’s body was transported to the State Medical Examiner’s Office for an autopsy. The investigation continues.