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Post-mortem exam to reveal cause of schoolies death

Maciu Malo
Thursday, December 06, 2012

THE parents of the Australian high school student who died Tuesday while on holiday with schoolies are in the country — and police say all information related to the tragedy will be made known to the family.

Director of Operations Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Rusiate Tudravu also said a post-mortem examination would be conducted today to determine the cause of death.

He said a team from the Australian Embassy was on Malolo Island in the Mamanuca Group, to assist with the police investigations.

"The parents of the deceased will be informed on the cause of death once we complete investigations," SSP Tudravu said.

"The post-mortem will be done tomorrow (today) at the Lautoka hospital. At this point in time we cannot confirm the cause of death and our police team at the island will be thorough in their investigation. Our police investigation team will clear the doubt on the cause of death soon."

Harrison Kadell, 17, was part of a group of 523 schoolies group holidaying on Plantation Island Resort.

Australian media outlets reported that the deceased was partying with friends around the resort pool and was later found dead in the early hours of the morning.

The death of Mr Kadell is the second schoolies tragedy this year.