Autopsy on pastor, woman completed as Police search for clues

An autopsy on the church pastor and woman member of his congregation found dead in a car last month has been completed, as police search for clues about the cause of a possible double homicide. 

The pair were found dead in a Nissan Cube opposite the United Nations’ Headquarters at Tuanaimato. 

The Acting Police Commissioner, Papali’i Monalisa Keti confirmed the completion of the autopsy in response to questions from the Samoa Observer.

“The postmortem [was] conducted last week and we will await report of pathologist,” said Papali’i.

The deceased have been identified as Pastor Lui Seve of the Assemblies of God Church in Falelauniu and female church member Malaea Ioane.

A Police Officer, who was at the scene of the incident last month, told this newspaper that the victims were understood to have been found in the small car by passersby in the early hours of the morning on Wednesday July 31, who then called for help.

The Police at the scene said they are treating the matter as a “homicide” unless evidence suggested otherwise. 

But in response to follow up questions from this newspaper on the possibility of foul play, the Acting Police Commissioner declined to comment.

“At this stage we have no comment other than awaiting report of the pathologist,” she said.

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