Probe into missing 9 at sea to go on


EAST Sepik police commander Peter Philip says investigations into nine people missing in the Manus waters early this year will continue.
He said the initial search and investigations of the nine – two females and seven males – did not produce positives but funds ran out.
The nine went missing at sea between Manus and Wewak on Feb 14.
Philip said funding and assistance from provincial authorities and expected stakeholders ran out.
“The politicians have not come out. The provincial disaster coordinator and everybody else are not worried about the nine lives of ESP that are lost,” he said.
“I am concerned that there is no support from the national, provincial or LLG leaders – no one is concerned except their relatives.”
According to police reports, the nine people went and sold betel nuts in Manus on boats and were returning home (Wewak) with K30,000 in cash when they went missing.
Philip said he had submitted a major incident brief to the Police Commissioner Gari Baki which he approved.
He was awaiting financial response from the provincial administration after discussing the funding issue with the provincial administrator and the governor.

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