Human skeletal remains identified as Malapo man

Authorities in Tonga say the human remains found on June 25 have been identified as those of  Niumataevalu Talanoa Lelei (47), from the village of Malapo.

Tonga police said a group of local fishermen  found the decomposed human remains near a sea cliff at the village of Veitongo.

The remains were sent to New Zealand and a report received last week confirmed the outcome after the forensic pathologists matched DNA of the deceased with a relative, Tonga police said.

There was no evidence of foul play over the death of Lelei, and the information submitted to an inquest confirmed that it was a suicide.

Police report says at the time they found a briefcase and Tongan passports at the scene. A rope was also found hanging from a nearby tree.

Lelei was not reported missing, acccording to Police.

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