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GPD awaiting family to identify body

By Nancy I. Maanao

Guam Police Department spokesman Sgt. Paul Tapao said GPD has been fielding calls all day from families wondering whether the body of a man found near the Hagatna Boat Basin Thursday is their loved one.

"We're awaiting possible next of kin," Mr. Tapao said.

At around 5:40 p.m. Thursday, Guam Fire Department medics pulled the man's lifeless body onto their rescue boat in the marina and waited for GPD detectives to arrive at the scene.

"We did not notice any visible wounds," Mr. Tapao told reporters at the scene.

Medics moved his body from the rescue boat into an ambulance about an hour later.

Scores of fishermen surrounded the marina and witnessed the rescue. Several said they know the man, who fishes at the marina using a talaya almost every day in a white shirt and blue jeans. Mr. Tapao confirmed this was what the man was wearing.

The fishermen described the man as being in his 60s and having black and white hair. They did not know his name.

One fisherman showed reporters a chat group among fishermen, where one of them calls their attention to a possible body or misplaced buoy at 12:10 p.m. that day.

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