Deceased body identified

By Pai Mulitalo Ale ,

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The body of a young girl found last week Wednesday by fishermen at sea has been identified by her family. 

This was confirmed by Police Media Officer Su’a Lemamea Tiumalu during their weekly press conference yesterday. 

He said the deceased has been identified as a 14-year-old girl. Su’a did not mention her village however he said the deceased is from a village in Vaimauga East and she also attends a college close to town. 

“Police are still investigation the incident,” said Su’a. “We have also requested a Post Mortem report but we are still waiting for the coroner’s order.” 

Su’a confirmed that the young girl who was found at sea is being identified as the young girl who took off in a boat anchored at the Apia Marina.  He said according their investigation there were no injuries found on the deceased when her body was discovered floating in the open sea.  The young girl’s body was found on the same day when Police discovered the stolen boat somewhere in Savaii. 

The boat was reported to the Ministry of Police the same evening the girls’ body was discovered.

The boat owner Daniel Mendola was contacted for a comment however he said the matter is been investigated by Police. 

According to reports, a 24ft white Fiberglass boat was taken by a young Samoan girl from Apia Harbor this morning (Tuesday, 16 August 2016) around 10am. 

According to Mr. Mendola’s post on social media he said, the girl was last seen leaving the Harbor and going out into the open waters. 

“Something which may have started as some fun could turn into a very dangerous situation as there is limited fuel in the boat,” Mr. Mendola last wrote. 

According to one of the fishermen Sam Taulafo who discovered the body of the young girl he said the girl was found fully clothed. 

“She was still wearing her blue shorts and a white T-shirt and had a very long black hair,” said Sam Taulafo.

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