Investigators have already identified the van that sped off after hitting and running over a teenager that had been assaulted by two men who later left him lying on a highway in Garapan.
Acting Department of Public Safety commissioner Ambrosio Ogumoro disclosed yesterday that investigators have already traced the van. He refused to elaborate.
Police spokesman Jason Tarkong said that further investigation revealed it was indeed a Toyota Sienna.
Asked if police already identified the driver of the van, Ogumoro and Tarkong refused to comment, saying the investigation is ongoing.
The Toyota Sienna van, which was earlier described as a 2011 or 2012 model, was traveling north on the night of Jan. 1, 2013, when it struck the teenager, dragging him for about 50 feet. The van did not stop.
The victim, 19-year-old Jefferson Kiauol Keju, had been left lying on the outer northbound lane after being assaulted by two men.
A Toyota Hilux 4x4 pickup truck also ran over the victim but the driver, a 22-year-old Aniceto Ogumoro Jr., stopped and helped him.
Keju was pronounced dead the following day, Jan. 2.
Police later arrested Herman Fitial, 34, and Felix Kileleman Jr., 19, after investigation showed they were the ones who chased and assaulted the victim.