Can You Solve the Mystery of This Man's Hotel Room Death?

PHOTO: Greg Fleniken was found dead alone in his hotel room by Beaumont police in Beaumont, Texas.
Courtesy the Fleniken Family

On Sept. 15, 2010, Greg Fleniken died unexpectedly in his hotel room in Beaumont, Texas.

There was no sign of a struggle, no obvious injuries to the body and nothing missing from the room. At first, police investigators believed Fleniken died of natural causes.

But a medical examiner ruled Fleniken's death a homicide.

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Using photos from the scene of the crime, can you solve the mystery of how Greg Fleniken died?

Watch Greg Fleniken's story on ABC News' "20/20" on Friday, Aug. 29 at 10 p.m. ET.

Clues

PHOTO: Greg Fleniken was found dead in his hotel room on Sept. 15, 2010.
Courtesy the Fleniken Family
Clue No. 1: The Hotel

Successful oilman Greg Fleniken often traveled to Texas on business from his home in Louisiana. A man of habit, he always stayed at the Elegante Hotel in Beaumont during his regular trips to the small town.

Clues

PHOTO: Greg Fleniken, seen here, was recorded on hotel security camera tapes entering the Elegante Hotel.
Courtesy Ken Brennan
Clue No. 2: Security Camera Video

Footage from the hotel's security camera videos showed that Greg Fleniken entered the hotel at 5:03 p.m. on Sept. 15, 2010.

Clues

PHOTO: On his bed, near where Greg Fleniken was found dead, there were cigarettes, candy bars, and his cell phone.
Courtesy Ken Brennan
Clue No. 3: Cigarettes, Cell Phone and Candy Bars

According to those who knew him, Fleniken stuck to a routine at the Elegante Hotel. On his bed when he died were cigarettes, his cell phone and candy bars.

"He'd set up, and that was his routine for the evenings," Beaumont Police Detective Scott Apple told ABC News' "20/20."

"He had his phone to communicate with his wife or for business. He smoked a lot, and he had his candy bars because he had a sweet tooth."

Clues

PHOTO: Greg Fleniken was watching "Iron Man 2" when he died.
Courtesy Ken Brennan
Clue No. 4: Broken Circuit Breaker

With everything laid out on his bed, it appeared that Fleniken was settling in for the night.

He rented the movie "Iron Man 2" and microwaved popcorn. Because he was watching the movie and using the microwave, Fleniken blew out the circuit breaker and killed power to his room.

The circuit breaker was fixed by a hotel repairman, a registered sex offender. But the repairman had an air-tight alibi after he left Fleniken's room.

Clues

The air conditioner in Greg Flenikens room was off when he was found dead by police.
Courtesy Ken Brennan
Clue No. 5: Air Conditioner

When the fuse blew in the hotel, the air conditioner in Fleniken's room had been turned off.

It was never turned on again, leaving the room very hot. According to private investigator Ken Brennan, who was hired by Fleniken's wife, Susie Fleniken, Fleniken "loved the room ice cold. His wife always said that; he liked it like a meat locker."

Clues

A lit cigarette was found in Greg Flenikens left hand when he was found dead by police.
Courtesy Ken Brennan
Clue No. 6: Lit Cigarette

The next morning, Sept.16, 2010, Fleniken was found lying dead on the floor of his hotel room between the bed and door. In his hand was a freshly lit cigarette.

Investigators noted that the cigarette was in Fleniken's left hand, even though he was right-handed.

Clues

 Police found $1000 still in Greg Flenikens hotel room where he was found dead.
Courtesy Ken Brennan
Clue No. 7: $1,000

Fleniken lived out of a suitcase when he stayed in Beaumont. His belongings, including more than $1,000, were left undisturbed in his room when he died.

Clues

The medical examiner ruled Greg Flenikens death as a homicide.
Courtesy Ken Brennan
Clue No. 8: Autopsy Report

The autopsy report said Fleniken suffered severe internal injuries, consistent with blunt force trauma. His body had broken ribs, lacerations to the liver and scrotum, and a hole in his heart. There was, however, no bruising or any other obvious signs of a beating. The medical examiner listed his manner of death as a homicide.

Clues

PHOTO: In a subsequent investigation of the Greg Flenikens hotel room, private investigator Ken Brennan and police detective Scott Apple found an indentation in the wall.
Courtesy Ken Brennan
Clue No. 9: Indent in the Wall

Missed during the initial investigation was a small indent in the wall between rooms 348 and 349 that private investigator Brennan and Beaumont Police Detective Apple found later.

Maintenance records show the wall had been repaired, but the indent was still noticeable. The men staying in the room next door had been drinking heavily and told police they didn't have any idea what had happened.

Conclusion

PHOTO: Greg Fleniken was found dead in his hotel room on Sept. 15, 2010.
Courtesy the Fleniken Family
Solve the Mystery

There's the evidence. Can you solve the mystery of how Greg Fleniken died?

Tune in to ABC News' "20/20" to find out how Greg Fleniken died on Friday, Aug. 29 at 10 p.m. ET.

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