Chalan Pago man’s death ruled a homicide

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Guam – Police have reclassified the death of 51-year-old John Blas to a homicide investigation, indicating foul play. However, Blas’ cause of death has yet to be determined.

After speaking with Blas’s neighbors, PNC uncovered that the alleged victim had spent the evening drinking with them before he was found dead and that everyone reportedly left around 10 p.m. Friday night without incident or dispute. But whatever happened between 10 p.m. Friday and the discovery of John Blas’ lifeless body at 12:58 Saturday afternoon remains in question.

An autopsy by Chief Medical Examiner Dr. Aurelio Espinola points detectives in the direction of foul play. Guam Police Department Spokesman Sgt. Paul Tapao says Blas’ manner of death has been ruled a homicide, but that the cause of his death has yet to be determined, pending further analysis.

According to neighbors, Blas was discovered by a minor known to him, near a lemai tree and a banana tree outside Blas’ home along Chalan Chirik in Chalan Pago.

GPD confirmed that Blas’ lifeless body was found with injuries. Blas’ neighbors told PNC they did not hear any commotion or see any person out of the ordinary in the area leading up to the discovery.

GPD is now asking the community for help. If you have any information about this case, please contact GPD at 472-8911.

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Jolene Toves
Jolene joined the PNC team in 2017, as a producer, co-anchor and investigative reporter covering law enforcement, courts and crimes. Notable coverage includes the Ehlert case, the Mark Torre Jr. trial, the Allan Agababa trial, exclusive pieces on the Life of a Drug Dealer/Addict, and Life behind bars...the story of Honofre Chargualaf and Kevin Cruz. In 2019, she was promoted to Assistant News Director and Lead Anchor. From 2015 to 2017 she served as Public Relations and Promotions Manager, for the Hotel Nikko Guam handling local radio and advertorial promotions, as well as produced and directed tv commercials for the hotel. Prior to this she worked with KUAM for three years as a reporter and segment host. She began her journalism career in 2012, working with Glimpses of Guam contributing to the Guam Business Magazine, R&R magazine, MDM magazine and the Marianas Business Journal.