No cause of death in Fasito'o-uta case
The Police say it will take time to determine what caused the death of a man found dead and floating on the sea at Fasito'o-uta on Monday.
The deceased, Taga'i Sa, was discovered by schoolchildren near the shoreline shortly after midday on Monday.
The Deputy Police Commissioner, Papalii Monalisa Tiai, told the Samoa Observer that there is currently no pathologist on island.
"We are awaiting confirmation from the [Attorney General's Office] of when the pathologist is schedule to travel to Samoa," she said.
"And until then we are yet to confirm the cause of death."
The Attorney General has been contacted for comment.
The 66-year-old Mr. Sa was dragged ashore by passing men who came to help. The incidence was "streamed" live online by one of the students, who were making their way home.
Siioloa Timoteo, the woman whose children discovered the body said they noticed that he had bruises on his back side, arms and legs.
The Samoa Observer arrived on the scene as Police investigations continued on Monday afternoon.
More Police arrived at the man's family house, where he stays with his sister's family, a short time later to transport his body to the hospital for examination.
Police investigating at the scene and members of the man's family were similarly unable to shed light on the circumstances of his death.
The Police at this point have not ruled out the possibility of foul play.
Police Commissioner, Fuiavailiili Egon Keil told the Samoa Observer on Monday evening an allegation can only become possible once a pathology report is completed.
The deceased was divorced and has no children in Samoa, members of his family said. He was said by members of his family to have suffered from cognitive problems.