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11-year-old dies after off-roading incident

by Nick Delgado

Guam - What was supposed to be a night filled with fun and family led to a tragedy that has prompted a death investigation. The 911 call came in around 7:30 Sunday night: an 11-year-old boy seriously injured while with family off-roading in Manengon Hills. 

Guam Fire Department Spokesperson Joey San Nicolas says rescue units responded, but had a tough time getting to the scene, saying, "They had to do some off-road or terrain driving to get the scene so arrival at the scene was delayed. Upon arrival they found family members conducting CPR, which was instructed via 911 Dispatch. When they made the assessment they determined that life saving efforts would have to stop." 

San Nicolas adds the Navy's HSC-25 also responded and even landed on scene, but there was nothing else that could be done after officials reclassified it as a death in the field. GPD was activated to begin a death investigation before medics transported the boy's body to GMH. His identity has not been released. "It's fact-finding, this is an official death investigation," said San Nicolas. 

Forensics and GPD's Homicide Unit entered the trail toward the rear of Leo Palace resort, not too far from the area known as Tank Farm. GPD Officer Dennis Santos said, "We are just taking a look at the scene trying to get an idea of what transpired and take a look at if it does match up with a lot of the information that we are getting from the interviews...at this point in time its too early to say [if an arrest is possible]. It's just basically fact finding wanting to make sure everything falls inline."

An autopsy of the boy's body was also conducted, with Officer Santos noting, "Right now everything appears to be accidental in nature, I'm not seeing anything involving any foul play in any way, shape or form."

While no arrests have been made; police say they continue to conduct many interviews to find out exactly what happened Sunday night that resulted in the death of the boy.

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