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Hotelier’s Son Found Dead in Miami

February 19, 1998 GMT

MIAMI (AP) _ The 42-year-old son of a prominent Spanish hotelier was found murdered on Virginia Key shortly after he arrived in town on a business trip.

The nude body of Anthony Pike was found Monday in woods on the barrier island. It had apparently been dragged from the beach, which is popular with beach walkers.

The body wasn’t identified until Wednesday. Police said Pike suffered head injuries but wouldn’t give the precise cause of death.

The dead man’s father, also named Anthony Pike but known as Tony, arrived in Miami on Wednesday to handle funeral arrangements. Pike’s Hotel, a secluded 26-suite property on the Spanish island of Ibiza, is a favorite of pop stars and other millionaires.

Police said the younger Pike lived in Australia, where he ran an advertising agency, and apparently was on his first visit to Miami. He arrived on a business trip from Madrid on Sunday afternoon.

``Sometime after he left Miami International Airport, he went to the beach and got killed,″ said Miami Police Homicide Lt. John Campbell. ``We don’t know where he was between the time the plane got in and when he was found.″

Detectives do not believe the killing was random, but declined to say what direction their investigation is taking.

Last year, the London Evening Standard called Pike’s Hotel ``the smartest place to stay in Ibiza,″ especially if one doesn’t mind bumping into Tom Hanks, George Michael, Grace Jones, Guns N’ Roses or Naomi Campbell.