Golf course drowning deaths ruled an accident

The bodies of two people, a man and a woman, were pulled from a pond at Guam International Country Club in Dededo.

Autopsies on the Japanese couple discovered dead at the Guam International Country Club golf course in Dededo were completed over the weekend.

Guam Police Department spokesman Sgt. Paul Tapao told PNC that the autopsies were performed and it was determined that the cause of death was due to asphyxiation by drowning and the manner of death was ruled accidental.

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The couple’s identities have been confirmed but GPD declined to disclose their names at this time.

“We’ve made communications with the Japanese Consulate and they were able to reach out to their kin so we will work from there. We did have some correspondence within the days after the incident so we really appreciate the assistance they provided,” Tapao said.

He says GPD was also able to work with the tour company the couple was utilizing and their assistance was an asset in the investigation.

The bodies of the Japanese couple were pulled from a pond at the golf course on Jan. 10 and their deaths were classified as drownings by the authorities.


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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.