A man was found dead yesterday afternoon inside his apartment room in Garapan, but there was no information yet whether the case is a homicide or not.
Acting police spokesman Sgt. Thomas A. Blas Jr. said the victim's name, age, and nationality have not been confirmed yet.
Blas said the Department of Public Safety's Criminal Investigation Bureau has not ruled out foul play and are looking at all angles into the incident.
“Patrol and CIB personnel are still conducting at-scene investigation of the incident,” he said.
Blas said DPS received an emergency call at 1:23pm yesterday about a dead body. He said the first responding patrol officer found a dead person in an apartment unit located across the Chinen Ice Candy factory.
When Saipan Tribune left the scene at 4pm, police officers had yet to remove the body from the room. Federal Bureau of Investigation special agent Haejun Park came and was seen putting on a protective suit. Several police officers were walking around the area, interviewing people.
Residents told Saipan Tribune that the dead person is “a tall black American” in his 50's.
They said the man had been staying alone for half a year now in one of the rooms on the first floor of a two-story apartment located in front of Chinen Ice Candy along Puti Nubio Avenue.
Police officers blocked a portion of the road in front of the apartment and cordoned off the area.
Residents said the apartment's caretaker discovered the body after smelling a foul odor and seeing large flies coming the victim's room.
Residents said the caretaker peeped through the sliding door and saw the victim lying on the bed.
The caretaker reportedly noticed blood on the floor near the bed and saw that the victim's feet were already purple.
A neighbor said she has not seen the victim for four days already.
Neighbors said the victim was known for walking around Garapan and other areas on the island.