Autopsies confirm 2 women died from gunshot wounds; decomposing body found in Marpi shows fall injuries

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A PATHOLOGIST from Hawaii, Dr. Rachel Lange has completed the autopsies of three bodies in two recent cases on Saipan.

Dr. Lange confirmed that two women whose bodies were found in a restaurant in San Antonio on Dec. 13, 2019 were shot, and the case is a homicide.

Regarding the decomposed body found near Bird Island in Marpi on Nov. 25, 2019, Dr. Lange said the cause of death is undetermined due to the advanced state of decomposition.

But Dr. Lange also indicated that the victim had a fractured clavicle and several fractured rib bones on his right side, “which are consistent injuries of a fall.”

The pathologist likewise noted that the victim’s body was in the water for some time.

Department of Public Safety spokesman Dre Pangelinan said the identity of the victim is still unknown, adding that there are no missing person reports and no dental or medical records available.

But he said an X-ray of the victim’s teeth and DNA have been documented “should any records be shared for comparison in the future.”

DPS stated that Dr. Lange, who flew in from Hawaii, conducted the autopsies on Tuesday.

Dr. Lange has been a medical examiner for 10 years, and previously conducted her practice in New York, DPS added.

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