GPD has yet to find hit-and-run victim’s next of kin

Guam Police Department (PNC file photo)

Guam – The Guam Police Department has yet to locate the family of a man who died after a hit-and-run accident in Maite on Feb. 16.

Local authorities continued to withhold the victims’ identity pending notification of the next of kin, but Naval Hospital Public Information Officer Jaciyn Matanane confirmed the identity of the victim: 60-year- old victim, Joseph Peter Parenteau.

Matanane told PNC that Parenteau was brought into the hospital in the evening of Feb. 16, and was pronounced deceased by attending doctors.

The Office of the Attorney General said an autopsy was performed on Feb. 17. However,  “pending notification of the family and out of respect for them, the findings are not available at this time,” the AG’s office said.

While GPD has retrieved Parenteau’s identification card, no other information is available to locate his next of kin, according to police  spokesman Sgt. Paul Tapao.

Tapao said the department is unable to divulge the victim’s identity without notifying the next of kin. As a result, information shared with the public is limited.

Tapao said police were also still waiting for the autopsy report.

Parenteau was struck on Feb. 16 at around 11 p.m. as he was attempting to cross the eastbound lane in Maite near Kwong Hwa.

Police continue to search for the hit-and-run driver and seek information from the community regarding the crash. If you have any information about the incident, please contact GPD at 472-8911.

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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.