Family want father's stolen bag returned

By Matai'a Lanuola Tusani T - Ah Tong 05 October 2023, 8:10PM

The family of an elderly man who died in the Malifa bus crash is seeking the public's help for the return of their father’s bag, which had valuable personal items and was stolen after the accident. 

Faiisealofa Asaasa, 69, of Poutasi Falealili died on Monday night after succumbing to his injuries. The Falealili bus owned by Laumoso’oi Transport Company lost control and crashed at Malifa on Monday morning. 

His daughter Siusiu Asaasa was able to identify her unconscious father in a video that was circulated on social media. It showed him being carried by a policeman from the crash site to a white Toyota Dyna truck, which transported him and other injured passengers to the national hospital at Moto'otua.

The late Faiisealofa was wearing a red collared shirt, red vans shoes, a wrist watch and a green/olive shoulder bag. 

“His belongings were stolen and now missing,” said the devastated daughter. “The hospital is saying that he came in with just his clothes that he had on. 

“He is missing his shoulder bag and wrist watch and in the bag was his wallet that had his identification card and cash.”

The children of Faiisealofa said they were not interested in the money that was inside their father’s bag but in the other important documents which are more valuable to them.  

Ms. Asaasa said their family is seeking justice for the loss of their father and will not rest until all parties responsible are held accountable. 

“We are grieving his death but are even more heartbroken that his lifeless body was robbed of all his belongings to the point where the hospital couldn’t identify who he is,” she said. “Please if you have any information on where my father’s belongings are please reach out to us…thank you.” 

Recalling the tragedy on Monday morning, the daughter said their family was devastated by the sudden passing of their father. 

“He was loved by so many,” she said. “He is a husband and a father to seven kids, a grandfather to 17 grandchildren that adore him and for his life to be taken from us because of someone’s carelessness is infuriating. He didn’t deserve this.”

If you have any information regarding Faiisealofa’s lost bag you can contact Iuko Tumanuvao on phone number 7267334. 

By Matai'a Lanuola Tusani T - Ah Tong 05 October 2023, 8:10PM
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