Investigation into missing scientists in PNG to reopen

3:32 pm on 24 November 2015

Papua New Guinea's police commissioner says the investigation into a group of scientists who went missing in West New Britain province in 2011 will be reopened next year.

The scientists were undertaking research for the Institute of Medical Research when they disappeared in August 2011.

Despite numerous searches, no trace of them has ever been found.

Last year, a coronial inquest concluded that three members of the group were dead, but that two women and the group's team leader, Jerry Wani could still be alive.

The police commissioner, Gari Baki, says a committee will be set up to discuss immediate issues relating to the disappearance and examine the coroner's evidence and findings.

He told the Post Courier that it's important that the case is reopened to allow justice to prevail.