Dead woman found


An elderly woman was found dead in a home in Finasisu last Tuesday.

According to a Department of Public Safety statement yesterday, the woman’s body was found in an advanced stage of decomposition, which means she had been dead for a while before being found.

The police believe the woman died of natural causes.

Due to the circumstances of the case, DPS is withholding the name, age, or ethnic background of the deceased. However, an individual who knew the woman disclosed that she was of Filipino descent.

The DPS statement said that officers were dispatched to a home in Finasisu at about 6:26pm last Tuesday after DPS received a 911 call, reporting an unresponsive individual.

At the scene, officers met with the caller who stated that the elderly woman was not returning the individual’s phone calls and not answering the door. When the individual opened the door, he or she noticed a strong odor throughout the home and called 911.

Inside the house, officers immediately noticed the body of an elderly female in the advanced stages of decomposition. Dispatch summoned crime scene technicians and detectives to the scene to further investigate and they later determined that the victim had a history of illnesses.

The body was then brought to the Commonwealth Health Center. Dr. Edvalson M. Tanuja pronounced the woman dead at 8:52pm, citing natural causes as the cause of death.

Based on Saipan Tribune archives, this is the sixth lifeless body found this year.

In the month of May, three lifeless bodies were reportedly found: two on Beach Road and one near Dandan Middle School.

Two other lifeless bodies were found in Kagman and Chalan Kanoa earlier this year.

Kimberly Bautista Esmores | Reporter
Kimberly Bautista Esmores has covered a wide range of news beats, including the community, housing, crime, and more. She now covers sports for the Saipan Tribune. Contact her at
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