Woman found dead in Toto; GPD suspects foul play

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Guam police are asking for the public’s help in identifying a dead woman who was found naked dumped on the side of the road along Ramirez Street in Toto late Saturday afternoon.

At a Sunday afternoon news conference police chief Steve Igancio said the woman appeared to be in her thirties or forties and was possibly Micronesian. He declined to describe the nature of her injuries or saw whether she had been sexually assaulted.

“We suspect foul play was involved,” said the Chief.

The body was found along a stretch of roadway that is blocked off to vehicular traffic by boulders on both ends.

Two children who live nearby found the body. The mother of the children, who declined to be identified, told the Pacific News Center that the woman was not wearing any cloths.

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GPD called a news conference Sunday afternoon to ask for the public’s help in identifying a woman found dead in Toto Saturday evening. https://t.co/n93yBDkOxa

Chief Ingancio said he has called on FSM Counsel General Therese Filepin for assistance and he is asking any member of the public who has a friend or family member that has been issuing for several days to come forward.

The case remains classified as a death investigation. He said an autopsy will determine whether or not it is a homicide.

However he said an autopsy won’t be conducted for at least another week or more until an off-island medical examiner arrived to carry it out. Guam has been without a medical examiner since January of last year when former medical examiner Dr. Aurelio Espinola retired.

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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.