2 Jul 2013

Tonga police trying to identify skeletal remains

3:01 pm on 2 July 2013

Police in Tonga are trying to identify skeletal human remains that have been discovered in a remote cliffside area of Veitongo, on the southern coast of Tongatapu.

The Police Commissioner, Grant O'Fee, says judging from the clothing it appears to be a male, but samples would have to be sent overseas for DNA testing to confirm an identity.

Matangi Tonga reports a briefcase found with the remains contains several documents, including a Tongan passport dating back to February 2012.

The remains were discovered in a remote bush area by a group of men who were looking for crabs.

Mr O'Fee says it is too early to say what happened.