Police ‘to return’ US couple’s items

US couple Michelle and David. Picture: SUPPLIED/FAMILY

THE personal belongings and cellular phones belonging to David and Michelle Paul are with police.

Michelle’s father, Marc Calanog, said he received the news via a telephone call from the US Embassy in Suva.

“They just called and advised that police is preparing to ship the personal belongings, but no schedule,” he told this newspaper yesterday morning.

“They are still waiting for the go signal from the Department of Health. The police are still holding the phones, I think they are searching for clues.”

He said the embassy was also trying to get a copy of the late couple’s hotel bills.

“Things are gaining traction.” This week — after investigations ruled out infectious disease as a cause of death and turned to testing for toxins — the families of the deceased sought public help in trying to find out where the couple dined and what they ate.

They had made earlier requests to authorities for the phones to be shipped to the US because they believed the couple would have taken pictures of places they visited and the food they ate.

When this newspaper enquired about the phones and personal belongings, the police referred all queries to the Health Ministry.

Health Minister Dr Ifereimi Waqainabete deflected all questions, saying “you are asking me questions I don’t have answers to”.

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