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DPS: There is no ‘murderer’ on the loose

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(DPS) — The CNMI Department of Public Safety has been made recently aware of a social media post regarding a murderer on the loose in Chalan Kanoa. This post is false and misleading.

In the interest of transparency, DPS has provided the full details of the aforementioned case:

On Sept. 16, 2020, at about 10:34 p.m., DPS received a call regarding an unresponsive individual in Chalan Kanoa. Police were immediately dispatched to the scene.

At the scene, police met with the victim’s son who stated that they noticed their father laying outside their door and thought the victim had been drinking and was just drunk. After realizing that the victim had no pulse, he called for emergency assistance. Police and emergency medical personnel responded to the scene. As with all unresponsive cases, this case was handed to the Criminal Investigative Bureau for further investigation.

On Tuesday, Sept. 22, 2020, DPS requested for a toxicology report through the Office of the Attorney General. After consulting with the chief prosecutor, an autopsy was suggested to rule out any foul play. The autopsy was conducted on Sept. 24, 2020, by Dr. Phillip Dauterman at the Commonwealth Healthcare Corp. morgue.

On Sept. 26, 2020, DPS officers in charge of the case met with Dr. Dauterman in regards to the findings.

Dr. Dauterman concluded that the individual had died of natural causes due to heart failure. Although the individual did have a bruise on his forehead, the autopsy further concluded that it was not enough to be a cause of death.

Police have met and briefed the  family members in this case.

DPS respectfully reminds the public to be vigilant when obtaining information through an online source. During this pandemic, oftentimes the spread of misinformation is just as dangerous as the coronavirus itself. The public is reminded to only share official and verified notices, press releases, and advisories from the official government sources such as DPS and the Office of the Governor.

November 2020 pssnewsletter

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