Body found in car in Tumon, Guam

Police officers investigate the scene where a body was found inside a beige Toyota Corolla parked in the lower parking lot of the Oceanview Hotel & Residences in Tumon yesterday.

A body was found in a beige car yesterday near the Tagada Amusement Park in Tumon.

Officers responded to a dead person inside the vehicle around 5:10 p.m., according to Guam Police Department spokesman Officer A.J. Balajadia. The body was in the car’s passenger seat.

A group of people gathered near the Oceanview Hotel & Residences, which is right above the parking lot where the body was found. Spectators watched as police officers investigated the scene. Crime scene tape and police cars blocked the parking lot from entry as officers looked over the car.

When officers opened the car door to the passenger seat where the body was found, the smell of the decomposing body was overwhelming. Officers donned masks with air filters as they investigated the scene and searched through the vehicle.

Balajadia said the body was decomposed, adding it was hard to determine the exact cause of death pending an autopsy.

No information could be released on the identity of the person due to the pending investigation, he said.

Criminal investigation detectives are investigating and are treating it as a dead person case, he said.

If the death is ruled a homicide, it would be the island’s fourth homicide this year.

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