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Another homicide on Guam

HAGÅTÑA (The Guam Daily Post) — The Guam Police Department’s Criminal Investigation Division on Tuesday confirmed that the death of 51-year-old John M. Blas was a homicide.

Blas was found dead Saturday afternoon within the jungle line of a house along Chalan Chirika in Chalan Pago.

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Police officers responded to a report of a lifeless man Saturday afternoon on Chirika Street in Chalan Pago. Police have identified the man as 51-year-old John M. Blas.  Photo by David Castro/The Guam Daily Post

Police previously stated there were injuries on the victim but didn’t specify what they were.

The chief medical examiner has declined to comment.

After the completion of the autopsy, it was determined that the manner of death was ruled a homicide but the cause of death had yet to be determined pending further analysis, according to police spokesman Sgt. Paul Tapao.

The case is the third fatality on Guam over the past several months classified as a homicide or occurring under suspicious circumstances.

Earlier deaths

On June 16, 15-year-old Timicca Nauta, a student at Okkodo High School, was found murdered in her Dededo home. A dozen stab wounds were found on the body, Chief Medical Examiner Dr. Aurelio Espinola has previously said.

No suspect has been announced in her death.

On Aug. 31, an elderly woman’s decomposed body was found in a house along Macheche Road in Dededo. Her car had been found abandoned away from her house. Espinola previously said the woman’s feet were tied, but later said he made a mistake. She hasn’t been named.

On July 19, an unnamed elderly U.S. Air Force veteran was found dead in his apartment unit in Mangilao near Guam Community College and George Washington High School.

Police seek public’s help

Tapao said as detectives continue their investigation into Blas’ death, the public is asked to call in any information that might help solve the case. Anyone with information that can help detectives is asked to call police dispatchers at 671-472-8911 or 671-475-8615/6/7.

Information can also be submitted anonymously through the Guam Crime Stoppers 24-hour hotline at 671-477-HELP or online at All calls will remain completely confidential and a cash reward of up to $1,000 could be paid if the information provided leads to an arrest and a grand jury indictment.