Cow gutted at owner’s fence line

Posted on May 14 2021

A macabre scene happened a month ago when a cattle grazer’s cow was left butchered along his fence line at his farm in Marpi last April 20 at 6:30pm.

Two weeks after the incident, the Department of Public Safety released a statement about the incident, after police did a follow up investigation of the case.

The DPS statement said that it received a 911 call reporting a criminal mischief incident at a farm in Marpi. At the scene, police officers met with the cattle grazer, who said that one of his cows had been butchered along his fence line, with its guts and a few pieces of meat having been left at the scene.

According to the cattle grazer, the cow had been missing for two days. He soon found out what had happened to it after walking around his property to “look for anything out of the ordinary.” That’s when he came across the remains of his cow along the fence line to his property. The grazer then called 911 for police assistance.

According to DPS public information officer Dre Pangelinan, the owner/manager claims to know who committed the crime but DPS still has to look into the case and question the suspect(s).

When asked why it took two weeks to release the information, Pangelinan said there were “many different things” DPS had to look at. In some cases, some cases are not released to the public to ensure the safety of the one filing the report. He added that a release can be made after new information has been received, or after the follow-up investigation. In this case, Pangelinan said the report was forwarded right after the follow-up investigation.

DPS encourages anyone who knows or have been approached by any individual offering to sell you fresh beef to call 911 immediately. If you wish to remain anonymous you may call the CNMI Crime Stoppers Hotline at 234-7272. CNMI Crime Stoppers pays up to $1,000 for any information leading to an arrest.

Justine Nauta | Correspondent
Justine Nauta is Saipan Tribune's community and health reporter and has covered a wide range of news beats, including the Northern Marianas College and Commonwealth Health Care Corp. She's currently pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Rehabilitation and Human Services at NMC.
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