US Citizen Found Dead in Bali, Investigators Question Three Witnesses

DENPASAR ~

The Police of Bali provincial region of Denpasar Timur has been investigating the death of a US citizen in his residence in Jalan Banteng here.

“We are still investigating the cause of death. We are not sure yet about the motive behind the murder,” Police of Denpasar Timur Chief Commisioner Ikhwan Lazuardi asserted here on Monday.

Paul Raturel (54) from California was found dead, in his room, with blood stains, on Monday at 12 a.m. local time.

Blood was also found in the living room while Paul’s room was in a mess. A number of Paul’s valuable items were lost.

A witness, Wayan Suwanto, 27, confirmed that he last met Paul, who is known to be a crafts entrepreneur, when he visited Paul at his residence on Saturday, Feb. 15, at 12 a.m. local time.

When he found Paul was dead, Wayan informed the neighbors and called the police.

The investigative police team from the Bali provincial region of Denpasar questioned three witnesses related to this case.

“We have questioned three witnesses to collect information to shed light over the murder case,” Chief of Criminal Unit of Police of Denpasar Commissioner Benny Murjayanto stated on Thursday.

According to Murjayanto, the witnesses were neighbors of Latourell in Jalan Banteng, Denpasar. The 27-year-old I. Wayan Suanta was one of the witnesses questioned in relation to the murder case. He had informed the neighbors and called the police after he found the body of Latourell.

Benny explained that the investigators had also gathered evidence from the scene of crime, such as fingerprints on the three glasses on a table in the living room. The investigators also tracked a car that went missing from Latourell’s residence.

“We also tracked Latourell’s phone records from his cell phone,” Benny claimed.

Robbery is believed to be the motive behind the murder of Latourell as his valuable items were missing from his residence.

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