Search for missing man at a dead end, Police say
The Ministry of Police says despite exhausting all options and pursuing every available lead it still has no concrete evidence in the case of Semi Leau who has been been missing for 39 days.
Police Commissioner, Fuiavaili’ili Egon Keil, told the Samoa Observer the Police would treat Mr. Leau's case as a suspected homicide until information suggested otherwise and said they were continuing to appeal to the public for any leads in the matter.
Mr. Leau, from Solosolo, was reportedly last seen in the early morning hours of July 23 at the Ocean Club at Maninoa Siumu. He was reported to have gone swimming.
“Our divers scoured the waters of Siumu and all over that area," the Commissioner said.
"We have searched Tiavia with F.E.S.A. [the Fire Emergency and Safety Authority] and every possible place we can think of but to no avail.
“We will not stop here. This case is being treated as homicide until otherwise".
Last week, the Leau family criticised the Police response, accusing them of making "little efforts if any" to search for him, since he disappeared.
“I think our family is doing more work than the police," Nanisese Leau, an aunt of Mr. Leau, told the Samoa Observer.
However the Commissioner said his Police Officers have been working nonstop on this specific case.
“We utilised all resources available to us to assure that we cover all angles but we can’t seem to get a solid lead. We are still waiting for someone to open up about this matter as there are things that do not add up on this matter,” said Fuiavali’ili.
He said the family comments are understandable given the circumstances and the fact they want closure.
“We are just the same," he said.
“We want closure on this case and the police are still waiting on any new information that can lead to Mr Leau".