The 3 male IMR scientists, including a crew member of the boat they travelled on, are presumed dead, while the two women and the relative of the group’s team leader, are either dead or still alive.
This is the conclusion reached by Coroner Lawrence Kangwia, from the findings he compiled during the 3 month inquiry.
He has also recommended for the police to immediately set up a fresh investigation team from outside of West New Britain, to follow up on leads and suspects named, including Jerry Wani, the relative of the team leader, and take action quickly.
The conclusion that the three male scientists and the crew member of the boat are dead stems from evidence available from the inquiry conducted by the team.
From evidence heard and received, two scenarios were considered to be the likely cause of the demise of the missing persons.
These were the possibility, that the persons met their fate in bad weather or the possibility of foul play.
Based on evidence received, including the body of the boat operator, Coroner Kangwia, however, said the boat and its passengers did not perish in bad weather, pointing to foul play.
He also reported that the two missing female scientists’ disappearance, appears identical, and believes they are either dead, or alive.
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