Suspect arrested in murder of Tongan woman in Long Beach

Families, friends and relatives say goodbye to the body of Vaiola Vaipulu before she was laid to rest Satuday last week. Photo/Supplied

Police in Long Beach, Los Angeles, have arrested a man they believe murdered the 60-year-old Tongan Vaiola Vaipulu early this month.

Patrick Fereti Mose , 25, of Long Beach was arrested on Monday as a suspect after Police investigated a surveillance video.

According to Long Beach’s Press Telegram, Mose is being held at Long Beach City Jail on $1 million bail and is scheduled to be arraigned on Thursday.

The body of the victim was found at about 7 a.m. Aug. 2 inside a home in the 6700 block of Olive Avenue in Long Beach. The Los Angeles County Coroner determined the woman’s death to have been suspicious.

The surveillance video also helped police to identify a vehicle believed to have been used during the murdering, it was reported.

Police investigation is ongoing and anyone who may have relevant information is asked to call homicide detectives Todd Johnson and Shea Robertson at 562-570-7244.

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