Body won't be released until all tests were returned
Kingston, Jamaica -- March 21, 2007 -- Deputy Police Commissioner Mark
Shields said Tuesday there was nothing unusual about the pathologist
requesting further tests on the body of former Pakistan coach Bob
Police and medical officials were still unable to
pinpoint Woolmer's cause of death, after a post-mortem Tuesday proved
"There is nothing unusual about the pathologist
taking his time about the result, since this would be the correct
operating procedure in such a high-profile case," Shields told
reporters at a news conference.
"In a case like this, the pathologist wants to be absolutely sure, and there is nothing unusual," he said.
wants to make sure whatever his findings, that they are accurate and to
conduct further tests, I think that is legitimate and sensible in the
Shields added that police had no suspicions,
since cases of sudden-death were always treated as such until lawmen
could prove otherwise.
"The easiest thing to do is to treat it this way from the beginning," he said.
"We have had full cooperation from the ICC, the Pakistan team, and everyone else that has been involved.
"We will conduct an investigation until such time as we find we no longer have to conduct an investigation.
said arrangements had been put in place to allow Woolmer's body to
leave Jamaica on Saturday with the Pakistan team, but it would not be
released until all the test results were returned.
"The arrangements are there and we hope to stick to those arrangements," he said.
is our position to investigate, and for the pathologist to provide a
report that will go to the coroner, and from that we will know what
action we will take next.
"It is difficult to say when we
will get the test results but we would like to stick to the
arrangements, and so the labs and the pathologists are working to get
results to coroner. Once this has occurred, we will move from there."
Shields said the tests requested by the pathologist would be carried out as a matter of urgency.
know that the scientists are treating it with the utmost urgency in
order that we can hopefully repatriate the body to his family as soon
as possible," he said.
"I just know they are working as quickly as possible to provide the information that we need."
Angell, director of communications for the Jamaica police, also
dismissed reports which suggested members of the Pakistan team had been
"interrogated and secluded".
"Nothing of the sort has happened, and it is a rumour circulating, and I want to clear it up before we proceed," he said.
Mir, media manager of the Pakistan team, made the official announcement
that the pathologist's findings were inconclusive.
awaiting the results of toxicology and histology (study of tissue
samples) from the Government National Laboratory and Forensic Lab," Mir
"The body of Bob Woolmer has been sent to a local funeral
parlour, and arrangements are being made for shipment of the body to
Cape Town via London."
The 58-year-old Woolmer was found
unconscious in his hotel room on Sunday, and pronounced dead a few
hours later in the University Hospital of the West Indies.
death came a day after Pakistan lost their second straight match in the
World Cup to Ireland by three wickets to make an early exit from the
Woolmer's room at the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel has
remained sealed, with the police not having handed it back to the hotel
management to date.