Police found Richard K. Campbell, 58, dead in a stairwell around 6 a.m. today at the Hilton Cincinnati Netherland Plaza on Fifth Street.
The hotel management said he had been a security guard there for eight years.
In a prepared statement, hotel officials said he died after an apparent altercation of some sort with another person.
“This morning, a member of our security staff was involved in a situation with an unknown person in an emergency staircase in the Carew Tower complex,” reads the statement, written by Michel Sheer, managing director of the hotel.
The statement does not describe the circumstances further, referring those questions to Cincinnati police, who have not released them yet.
“Our most sincere condolences go to the officer’s family,” the statement said. “His friends and colleagues here at the hotel are deeply saddened by this senseless loss.”
The hotel, a National Historic Landmark located directly across from Fountain Square, has 238 employees, 561 rooms, three ballrooms and a restaurant, Orchids at Palm Court.
The Hilton remains open, and all events are going on as scheduled today and this weekend, Sheer said.