A lifeless body was found floating in the ocean by Minatobashi bridge at Malakal on October 1st and was later identified as a 44-year-old male Philippine national Michael Diaz according to the police report.

The police estimated the time of death to be either the night before October 1 or early morning due to the condition the body was in when found.

According to a person close to the deceased, the deceased did not know how to swim and did not like to go into the ocean.

The official cause of death has not yet been determined as this publication went to print.  The deceased’s wife and son are here in Palau and a fundraising effort is being put together to help with the repatriation cost of his remains to the Philippines.

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