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Tonga Police name NZ couple found dead in Vava‘u

Deputy Police Commissioner Tēvita Vailea. Photo/Facebook

A New Zealand couple found dead in a home on Tonga’s Vava’u islands after an alleged electrical accident have been named by police.

They were Mr. Ben Rocky Neill. 48, and Mrs. Rochelle Neill, 49.

Police at Neiafu, Vava‘u responded to a report from the village of ‘Utungake on Saturday afternoon, March 2, 2022.

“At the village resort, Police discovered two corpses identified as New Zealand couple, Mr. Ben Rocky Neill (born 30/4/1974) and Mrs. Rochelle Neill (born 25/3/1973). The couple lived by themselves at the resort”, Deputy Police Commissioner Tēvita Vailea said.

“Formal inquest conducted during the weekend, ruled the cause of death as electrocution and was likely accidental. The bodies were buried immediately after the inquest on the advice of the medical doctor due to their partially decomposed state.

“Tonga Police had liaised with the New Zealand High Commission in Tonga identifying the deceased couple’s next of kin to establish point of contact with their families in New Zealand.

“Contact Police on phone 740-1660 or 922 and share any information you may have on this matter or any crime you wish to report”.