GPD working with Japanese consulate on GICC deaths


Guam police spokesman Sgt. Paul Tapao has confirmed that the couple pulled lifeless from a pond at the Guam International Country Club are Japanese.

A man and a woman were pulled from the pond on the golf course last Friday, January 10.

The couple were registered to play a round of golf at GICC that morning but didn’t make it past the first hole. Their golf cart and golf bags were found beside the pond. They were discovered in the pond by the golf course’s staff.

When contacted by PNC News, Japan’s Deputy Consul General Osamu Ogata  declined to comment on the deaths, saying: “It’s the official position of the Japanese government not to comment.”

Sgt. Tapao said GPD is working with the Japanese Consulate to confirm the identities of the pair and notify their family members.

The Guam Police Department has initially classified the case as a drowning. However, Sgt. Tapao said an autopsy will have to be done in order to determine the exact cause and manner of death.


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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.