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How close are investigators to solving the homicide of John Blas? Police are waiting for results that could confirm how he died. But, this latest homicide, no doubt, has some in the community on edge.

That's the feeling Blas' neighbor, Ben Ada, expressed to us today. He says he told investigators his nephew found the body on Saturday...right before police has been called to the scene. Ada sharing frustration after he alleges police turned his story around and accused him of being the prime suspect.

"We are all suspects until they find out who did it," he said.

A quiet neighborhood rocked. Police now days into what's become a homicide investigation on Chalan Chirik in Chalan Pago. The victim - 51 year old John Blas.  "They are doing their own scenario of what happened and I already tell them what happened and they still don't want to believe us what happened," said Ada.

Ben Ada lives next door to the Blas family. He says his nephew found Blas lifeless on the ground at the jungle line nearby.  "Saturday they just came to question us. They even tell us to go their office to question us more in Tiyan. So we did. We cooperated," he said.

Investigators have yet to release details of Blas' injuries. "Our investigators continue to do interviews and canvass the area," he said.

But, Ada, who says he was only trying to help police, alleges authorities were treating him as if he was the killer. "So they came up with their own scenario since they found him close to my area…the scenario is that I fought with him, I argued with him. He fell down and he hit his head and then he died or it was an accident," he said.  When KUAM asked if that's not what happened, Ada replied, "That's not what happened...that's probably their job. Maybe they don't like their job."

Ada tells KUAM he never had any issues with Blas. He even described Blas as a hard working man who always helped others. The situation with investigators, however, still has Ada upset.

"Let them know next time those guys need to be nice to people that are trying to cooperate, not trying to insinuate something and assume," he said. "We need the communities help in bringing resolution to this case."

The police department meantime says they understand the concerns from the community. Blas' death now the latest homicide for investigators to solve. As authorities look to the public for help, GPD's Sergeant Paul Tapao admits this particular part of the village did not have neighborhood watch program in place.

Asked if it would have made a difference, Tapao said, "Absolutely, and I say this with a whole hearted approach because you are empowering the community to take ownership...so through that process it's you being that steward that reports suspicious activities."

Criminal investigators are waiting for the chief medical examiner to provide results of the analysis that could tell them the victim's cause of death. For now, Ada and others living here just hope Blas' killer is captured.

"I am really truly sorry about that. My grievance to them. None of these things anyone wants to happen," he said.

Anyone with information is asked to police or Guam Crime Stoppers at 477-HELP (4357).

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