Still no leads in death of man found at sea

Three months on, Police say they still have no firm leads in the case of a 66-year-old man who was found dead, floating on the sea at Fasito’o-uta.

The deceased man was found close to the shoreline by two young children in early February.

Follow up questions sent to Police about the progress of the case revealed that the matter will now be the subject of an inquest.

There have been no arrests, says Deputy Police and Prisons Commissioner, Papali'i Monalisa Tiai.

The cause of death is also still unclear as Papali'i stated that the elderly man had a medical history.

According to his family, the deceased suffered from cognitive problems.

The deceased, identified as Taga'i Sa, had apparently been staying with his sister and her children for a very long time.

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

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 drag 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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