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A Massachusetts woman is due in court Monday to face charges in connection with the death of a 19-year-old whose body was found in a Braintree hotel nearly a year ago.

Juana Rivera, 19, of Lynn, was taken into custody Friday afternoon by Braintree Police and Massachusetts State Police detectives from the Norfolk District Attorney’s office. Authorities said Rivera was arrested on an indictment warrant for the murder of Reina Rodriguez.

The teenagers’ death had been under investigation by multiple police units since her body was discovered June 22, 2017, inside a room at the Hyatt Place Hotel on Forbes Road in Braintree, according to Norfolk District Attorney Michael W. Morrissey.

“The Braintree police have been excellent partners with Norfolk County homicide detectives in this investigation,” Morrissey said. “We also very much appreciate the service of the grand jury that heard evidence in this case and the Lynn Police for their part in taking this defendant into custody.”

The exact cause of Rodriguez’s death has not yet been disclosed. The motive for the killing also remains unclear.

Rivera is expected to be arraigned in Norfolk Superior Court in Dedham. It’s unclear if she has an attorney.

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