Dead man found floating, Police have no leads yet

Police say they have no leads on what caused the death of an elderly man who was found floating on the sea Monday at Fasito'o-uta

The deceased man was found close to the shoreline by two young children between the ages of 7 and 12 at about midday.

The man has been identified as 66-year-old Taga'i Sa. 

He was divorced and has no children in Samoa, members of his family said.

His body was subsequently removed from the scene and moved to his family home.

The Samoa Observer arrived on the scene as Police investigations continued.

More Police arrived at the man's family house, where he stays with his sister, a short time later to transport his body to the hospital for examination.

Officers investigating at the scene declined to be identified but said they currently had no information about whether the circumstances of the man's death were suspicious.

Members of the man's family were similarly unable to shed light on the circumstances of his death.

As of Monday evening, the Police Commissioner, Fuiavailiili Egon Keil said no cause of death has been determined.

Investigations are ongoing as doctors conduct examinations on the body, he said.

“We do not know the cause of death at this time,” he said.

“The doctor is reviewing the body at this time and then we await the forensic pathologist if there are any allegations or not.

“But it’s very unfortunate.”

A nephew of the deceased who did not want to be identified told Police that Mr. Sa had been staying with his sister and her children for a very long time.

The deceased’s death came as a surprise, he said.

“He sleeps here with us but it is his habit to wake up early in the morning and walk our other relative’s houses early where he spends most of his days,” the nephew said.

“He only usually comes in the evening. We did not suspect anything when we woke up this morning and he was not here because of his usual routines.

“But we were surprised to hear about him being found at sea when some village boys came and told us about what had happened.”

The deceased’s nephew said his uncle suffered from cognitive problems. 

Si’ioloa Timoteo, the mother of the two young boys who spotted the deceased, said his body had bruises on his backside and legs when he was carried ashore.

The 37-year-old mother was abruptly awoken by her children soon after the discovery.

Upon verifying her children’s claims, Ms. Si’ioloa stopped a Toleafoa truck on the road for help and alerted the Police.

Men came to help dragged the deceased ashore. The process was streamed live on social media. 

“My uncle alerted the family, before they came to take his body to the house,” she said.

“My children were on their way to meet their aunty at the store when they saw his body.”

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