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LAPD Questions 'Talent' Contestant Over Wife's Death

10/25/2010 5:40 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

A man who tried out for "America's Got Talent" this weekend is now a "person of interest" in the death of his wife ... who died at the hotel where auditions were going on, the LAPD tells TMZ.

America's Got Talent Joe Finley

Laura Finley was found dead in a stairwell at the Millennium Biltmore Hotel in downtown Los Angeles on Saturday. The LAPD tells TMZ her husband, Joe Finley, is considered a person of interest in the case.

He was interviewed by police at length on Saturday.

We're told Joe knew his wife was missing before he auditioned, but her body hadn't been discovered.

A rep for Fremantle, the production company behind "America's Got Talent," tells TMZ, "We are fully cooperating with authorities to investigate this very unfortunate situation and have no further comment at this time."

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tiffany     

First? haha

1368 days ago
2.

Kelly    

It's odd that he went ahead with an audition when his wife was missing?! It is to me anyway.

1368 days ago
3.

Pretty LL    

#5 totally weird to me too. You'd think his missing spouse would be more important. weird.....

1368 days ago
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Kandice    

How sad this piece of fecal matter has become the VICTIM ???? Where's the story on the murdered WOMEN ???? I'm sure she is someone's daughter... Oh and not to mention She's a mother and he has no problem admitting to his drug use ....Amazing does he serve X and beers at snack time or just before bedtime ?????

1368 days ago
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Tina    

They must have kept that stuff extremely under wraps because I was there at 8 am Sat until 2 pm exactly and didnt hear a thing.

1367 days ago
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betty carroll    

I was there. I was in the lobby practicing for my audition the next morning. I saw a man that had been wandering around the hotel all evening talking to himself. I went to my room around 3 pm and saw him on the fourth floor again just wandering around. I think he was looking for someplace to flop for the night. Around the vending machines is a little room with a bi floor. As I went in my room he was going in there and still was talking to himself.This was shortly befored 3am. I never saaw a security guard the whole time I was there. Not anywhere. I find that disturbing given the the number of homeless people in that area. Anyone can come and go when it is busy without being noticed. Also eanyone can get in a locked door just by knockin when someone comes by and looking like they need to get in. I gave my infor to the LA police. Hopefull they will call me back.

1366 days ago
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Tom Grenne    

No way the husband could had did it he was ****ed up on X !!! They have cameras in the hotel so we shall all know what happen!!!! So stop hating bitches!

1365 days ago
8.

me and you    

Guess who Joe, that's right, and you know you are lying! Take a polygraph test because Family and Freinds, remember "the proof is in the pudding"!

1360 days ago
9.

MS    

Guess what sutterlins joe did not do it and you are s*** bags. You are a family and friends that are drunks , have bastard children, a entire family of falling on the floow drunks and a violent sister we have a picture of the killer hate to diappoint you. know how happy it would make you if you were right. you are disgusting, why don't you stop you fake relighio and act like christ. shame on you , lauras true friens

1359 days ago
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caj    

Hey MS, Who the f**k do you think you are!? Ur the S*** bag! If you have such evidents then, you're with holding! You f**king moron.
You're the one who should be a shamed of ur self. The family has been greiving over the death of their loved one and YOU have nothing better than to post crap like that?! GET A LIFE LOOSER! LEAVE THE FAMIL ALONE FREAK!

And you call yourself a real friend of Laura's, If she could only see you now... For shame, for shame!

1315 days ago
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caj    

Oh... Now that I know who you are, ur nothing! Were you looking in the mirro while posting the blog about the Sutterlins? Hm, you so called MOTHER... That's right, I know who you are and I was right to call you a looser, you fit the profile very well! DRUG ADDICT B***H! BACK OFF! Don't mess with my friends any more because you have no right to call anyone a DRUNK! Whatch your step... AND THAT'S ALL I'VE GOT TO SAY ABOUT THAT, FREAK!!! HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA!!!!!!!!!!!! Get a real life!

1315 days ago

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