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  • By Pacific island Times News Staff

Initial investigation into Yap murder completed

Rachelle Bergeron

Colonia-- Investigators have identified several persons of interest as they completed the initial phase of investigation into the murder of American prosecutor Rachelle Bergeron, according to the Yap government public information office.

The public information officer, however, did not name the suspects at this time.

“As they work in a coordinated and orderly manner toward the next phase of concluding the investigation with an arrest and, ultimately, a conviction, we would like to thank the community and citizens of Yap for your contributions to the investigation, cooperation with the authorities and your prayers,” reads a statement from the Yap governor’s office.

Bergeron, Yap’s acting attorney general who came to the island in 2015, was gunned down in front of her home after a walk with her dog on Oct. 14.

The FBI is helping investigate the murder.

“On behalf of the Yap State Government Leadership, Governor Henry S. Falan would like to thank the investigating team which consists of local authorities and external partners for their hard work, seamless collaboration, and unrelenting 24/7 teamwork spent focusing on the investigation into the murder of Acting Attorney General Rachelle Bergeron over the last week,” the government statement reads.

“We will issue the next statement when there is more news to report. In the meantime, thank you for your support and patience as the investigation team diligently continues its work.”

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