5 Nov 2013

PNG police have fresh lead in case of missing scientists

8:01 am on 5 November 2013

Papua New Guinea police say an intelligence report suggests two women scientists missing for two years in West New Britain Province could be alive and are being held captive.

The women are among five scientists who had been undertaking research for the PNG Institute of Medical Research, who have not been seen since boarding a banana boat in August 2011.

PNG's Deputy Police Commissioner Operations, Simon Kauba, says a report was sent to him by a team of police intelligence officers who were dispatched to the province three weeks ago to investigate the mystery.

The revelation follows reports a prison escapee and suspect in the case, Don Aka, has surrendered to police.