Police recommend autopsy on dead body

Posted on Nov 27 2019

The Department of Public Safety’s Criminal Investigations Bureau has recommended an autopsy on the dead body that was found in a cove of Bird Island.

A DPS statement yesterday also said that, due to the current state of the body, it could not be identified immediately. The body was reportedly in an advanced state of decomposition.

DPS said they received a 911 call from hikers about a dead individual at an outer cove of Bird Island. Police and medics from the Department of Fire and Emergency Medical Services arrived on the scene and the victim was found faced down, in an advanced stage of decomposition. No form of identification was located within the immediate area of the victim.

The body was processed by Crime Scene Investigators and transported to the Commonwealth Health Center, where it was pronounced dead at 5:08pm by Dr. Rodney Klassen. No cause of death was determined and the case remains open and pending until further investigation.

DPS spokesperson Adrian Pangelinan confirmed of no reports of missing persons recently, in relation to the discovery of the unidentified victim. Pangelinan did not specify whether the victim was male or female. A source said the victim is male.

The last report of a missing person on Saipan was the driver of a vehicle that drove off the Marpi cliff last Oct. 26. The vehicle was recovered but not the driver, who was reportedly female.

Marc Venus | Reporter
Marc Venus is the Saipan Tribune's public health and education reporter. He has an associate degree in Applied Sciences in Computer Applications and is working on his bachelor’s degree at the Northern Marianas College. Contact him at marc_venus@saipantribune.com.
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