Slider
Slider

|

Slider

Hawaii-based pathologist to conduct autopsy on Saipan

Local
Typography
  • Smaller Small Medium Big Bigger
  • Default Helvetica Segoe Georgia Times

ATTORNEY General Edward Manibusan said his office has signed an agreement with a Hawaii-based pathologist to conduct an autopsy on four bodies on Saipan.

“I hope and pray that the pathologist will be here next week,” Manibusan said adding that they executed the agreement on Friday.

For the last several weeks, he said his office had been “really working hard to put together a [forensic] team to come out here.”

The AG added, “It’s been a very difficult process. We’re dealing with a medical examiner who is working somewhere else and you know, flying out here is not that easy.”

The Department of Public Safety has told the AG’s office that an autopsy must be conducted on a decomposing body found in the Bird Island area in Marpi on Nov. 25, 2019.

DPS said: “No form of identification was located within the immediate area of the victim…and an identification of the body could not be determined.”

DPS likewise requested an autopsy on the bodies of two female homicide victims — Ria Na Lim, 43 and Lim Hua Choi, 53. Their bodies were found in Rice Cake Best Food restaurant in San Antonio on the morning of Dec. 16. Both were fatally shot, DPS said.

The AG said he has been in communication with the family members of the victims and their consular offices.

“We hope to get it done soon,” Manibusan added, referring to the autopsy.

An autopsy request was also forwarded to the AG’s office for the body of Sergio Apostol, 62.

On Dec. 16, 2019, Apostol, who was driving a green Nissan Sentra, turned left into the Puerto Rico Shell gas station when a 2015 Toyota Highlander slammed into the sedan. Apostol sustained life-threatening injuries and died following a cardiac arrest after three days in the intensive care unit.

DPS said speed was the cause of the crash and the driver of the other vehicle was a minor.

DPS previously utilized the services of the only forensic pathologist in the Marianas, Dr. Aurelio Espinola, but he retired early last year.

previous arrow
next arrow
Shadow
Slider

Read more articles

Visit our Facebook Page

previous arrow
next arrow
Shadow
Slider