Investigators rule woman’s death in fall was accidental


Police investigators have ruled as accidental the death of 62-year-old Alicia I. Quitugua, who fell from the third floor of a three-story building across the Tanapag Middle School last Friday afternoon.

A source disclosed yesterday that Department of Public Safety detectives did not request for an autopsy because they have determined her fall to be an accident.

Investigators, however, are still looking at the possibility of neglect on the part of a person, the source said.

The source opted to withhold for the moment the information that led to the findings that her fall was an accident.

Chief Prosecutor Michele Harris confirmed with Saipan Tribune last night that police investigation indeed concluded that there was no reason to request for an autopsy.

Harris said that Quitugua’s family was informed late yesterday that the body will be released.

Quitugua was a tenant of the D. Sebastian Building, where she lived on the third floor. Saipan Tribune learned that she lived in the unit with her son and his wife.

Police said Quitugua’s body was found on the ground of the building with no pulse and not breathing.

Ferdie De La Torre | Reporter
Ferdie Ponce de la Torre is a senior reporter of Saipan Tribune. He has a bachelor’s degree in journalism and has covered all news beats in the CNMI. He is a recipient of the CNMI Supreme Court Justice Award. Contact him at

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