No Leads on Lelata Bridge Death – Police Appeal to Members of the Public for Information

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The Samoa Police have reached out to the public for any information that could assist with their investigations into the death of a fire fighter whose dead body was found under Lelata Bridge on Wednesday 17th February 2021.

Police and FESA were alerted at around 8am that morning and removed the body as traffic was building up on Lelata Bridge.

A pool of blood at the scene of the crime. PC: Taielua Tuasivi, SGN.

It was an emotional response for Samoa’s Fire and Emergency Services Authority, as the deceased was himself, a staff member of FESA who had been with the department since 1998.

Laki Aasa pays tribute to a friend and colleague recalling the 2009 tsunami, and the measles epidemic.

“Your heart is always for our people and will always be. Puni my friend, rest in peace in the arms our Lord Jesus Christ our Savior and our Redeemer. Never forget your hard work in the department of fire brigade since 1998. We were only 12 brave warriors selected. RIP Uso. Ia faamaise atu Le Atua i le faletua ma le fanau, faapea aiga ma uo”.

Police investigations underway.

Deputy Commissioner Auapaau Logoitino Filipo said there were serious injuries on his body, and they are treating the investigation as a homicide.

Yesterday a message posted on the Samoa Police Prisons and Corrections Services Facebook page calls on members of the public to come forward if they saw anything unusual in this area, or have any information that could assist investigations.

Public Notice

The Samoa Police, Prisons and Corrections Services hereby appeals to members of the public for information in relation to the incident at Lelata bridge where the dead body of a male was found on 17 February 2021.

The Police in particular seeks the assistance of those who had traveled on Lelata road between 1am and 5am of the above mentioned date for any information that might assist with its investigation.

All information provided and identity of those who wish to come forward and assist Police will be protected.

Please call 22222 extension 150/152/153/154 and ask for Detective Inspector Papalii Efo Moalele or the Criminal Investigation Division at the Police Headquarters in Apia should you need further clarification.

Faasalalauga Tāua

Ua talosagaina e le Matagaluega o Leoleo, Falepuipui ma le Toefuataiga le mamalu o le atunuu lautele mo ni faamatalaga e tusa ai ma le faalavelave sa tula’i mai le auala laupapa i Lelata, lea na maua ai le tino maliu o se alii i le aso 17 Fepuari 2021.

E faapitoa le talosaga a le Matagaluega ia i latou sa uia le auala tele lea agai mai Vaivase agai i le magatolu i Lelata mai le itula e 1 – 5 i le vaveao i le aso lava lea.

O faamatalaga o le a tuuina mai o le a faapea ona malupuipuia e tusa ai ma le tulafono.

Mo nisi faamatalaga, faafesootai mai le Taitai Leoleo Asiasi ia Papalii Efo Moalele poo le Vaega o Suesuega Faapitoa i le Ofisa Autu i Apia i le numera 22222 laina 150/152/153/154.

Galulue faatasi mo se Samoa saogalemu.