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Sunday, April 20, 2014

Victims’ kin yet to be notified

Relatives of the couple whose decomposing bodies were found Saturday afternoon have yet to be informed of their deaths, according to Department of Public Safety spokesman Jason T. Tarkong.

Tarkong said yesterday that DPS procedure requires a representative of the agency, typically an officer from the homicide investigation unit, to be in charge of communicating with the victims’ family.

He confirmed that as of yesterday, no family member has been contacted by police.

Police earlier said they will not release the identities of the victims pending notification of their next of kin, and that they do not have any suspect for the case, which is being treated as a double homicide.

The couple were the parents of a 6-year-old student at Mount Carmel School who was not picked up after school on Thursday.

A filing of a child neglect case led authorities Sunday afternoon to the couple’s San Vicente residence where the bodies of a man and woman were discovered in a decomposing state.

Police also recovered the couple’s missing vehicle, a white Honda CRV, in Garapan at 2:20am on Sunday.

On Sunday night, an autopsy was conducted on the two bodies but the cause of death is being withheld, pending notification of the next of kin.

Meanwhile, Tarkong said they have yet to see the complaint filed against a police officer who allegedly pointed a handgun at a young female motorist in Kagman.

“I heard there was a complaint filed but I have not reviewed it,” he said.

It was learned that an 18-year-old motorist was driving alone Monday night when she noticed a marked police car following her and later pulled her over.

The police officer allegedly pointed his gun at the motorist and asked her to step out. Later, a female police officer arrived at the scene and talked to the driver, then the other police officer in Carolinian.

Tarkong said he only learned about the incident in the news, prompting him to meet separately with the alleged officer and DPS acting commissioner Aniceto Ogumoro yesterday.

“We’re out there to protect the public and their property. But officers need to treat any situation with caution,” he told Saipan Tribune.

Tarkong explained that if a police officer pulls over a motorist and the motorist does not comply, the risk assessment becomes higher and raises red flags for authorities.

He noted that an investigation on the incident has already been initiated.

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