Motel Guests Want George Anthony's Room

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Last Updated: Friday, January 30, 2009

The motel where George Anthony was found last week is now turning into a bit of a tourist attraction.

It has gotten national attention in the latest issue of People magazine.

As News 13's Saul Saenz found out, some people are calling the motel, or simply showing up, wanting to stay in the same room.

The issue of People magazine hitting stores on Friday has a picture of the Hawaii Motel, where Anthony stayed in room 106 on Feb. 23, trying to find some time alone to sort out his thoughts. While he was there, Daytona Beach police said he sent text messages to his family saying he didn't want to live. It was also reported that he may have started a suicide note.

He was taken to Halifax Regional Medical Center where he remains on psychological evaluation under the Baker Act.

The hotel owner said Anthony brought with him a blanket and a pillow. The owner said he has received a number of inquiries from people wanting to stay in the same room George Anthony rented.

The owner said that no member of the Anthony family has called to retrieve the blanket and pillow.

The motel's owner said he had issues with People calling his business a "seedy motel."

He said he has not increased the price of his rooms because of the increased interest.