Police suspect homicide in pastor, woman's death
More than two weeks since the completion of an autopsy on a Church pastor and female member of his congregation found dead in a car, Police are yet to divulge information on their cause of death.
But late on Friday afternoon, the Police confirmed they are continuing to treat the case as an apparent homicide.
"We are treating this case as a homicide until [evidence suggests] otherwise given they died in strange circumstances," said the Police Commissioner, Fuiavailiili Egon Keil.
The deceased were Pastor Lui Seve of the Assemblies of God Church in Falelauniu and female church member, Malaea Ioane.
The pastor's funeral was held on Friday.
Last Wednesday police confirmed an autopsy had been completed a week prior.
The Chief Executive Officer for the Ministry of Health, Leausa Dr. Take Naseri, told the Samoa Observer that autopsy report is released upon request or by the discretion of the pathologist.
“Autopsy reports are confidential and it is conducted upon request by the Police (or by Coroner’s consent) or a physician," said Leausa.
“In police cases which are sensitive, the pathologists will issue the report on his discretion or when the police requests for it. However for doctors, when we request for autopsies to be conducted diagnostics purposes, we get our response right away.
“And it is not the same when it comes to police cases".
The two victims were found dead inside a grey Nissan Cube by Police shortly before in the early hours of July 31 opposite the United Nations Headquarters at Tuanaimato.
They were taken by police to the Motootua National Hospital were they were pronounced dead.