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A human skeleton found at Gataivai, Savai’i, earlier this month will be examined by a pathologist to determine whom it belongs to.


 
 
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The Police in Savai’i was notified about the discovery of the bones three weeks ago and questions have since been asked about whom the bones actually belong to.

Assistant Police Commissioner, Fauono Talalelei Tapu, told the Samoa Observer the Police have referred the matter to a pathologist to conduct the examination.

“We can’t positively identify anything without a pathologist’s expertise,” he said.

“So the investigation is still continuing until all of that is done.”

Fauono said Samoa doesn’t have its own experts in the field, which is why they are awaiting a pathologist from New Zealand. There are other similar cases that would also be looked into when a pathologist arrives.

Meanwhile, Fauono said it is suspected that the corpse belong to a male youth who went missing from the village last December.

He said, a woman who went collecting (lopa) beans made the discovery earlier this month.

“When she discovered the corpse, she looked up and saw an ie lavalava hanging from a tree,” said Fauono.

The skeleton was later brought to the National Hospital at Moto’otua.

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