Suspected chiropractic killer 'still in Indonesia'

Suspected chiropractic killer 'still in Indonesia'
A security official guards the Chiropractic First clinic at Pondok Indah Mall 1 in Central Jakarta on Jan. 7.
PHOTO: The Jakarta Post/ANN

Police are hunting down an American chiropractor reportedly responsible for the death of a woman, believing he has not left the country.

Jakarta Police detective chief Sr. Comr. Krishna Murti said that data from the directorate general of immigration suggested Randall Cafferty was still in Indonesia.

"He is still here, although he has overstayed his visa. We've asked immigration to stop him from leaving the country," Krishna told journalists at a press conference at the Jakarta Police headquarters.

"We'll keep searching for him."

Cafferty is suspected to be responsible for malpractice thought to have killed Allya Siska Nadya, who died on Aug. 7 after receiving chiropractic therapy from Cafferty at a Chiropractic First clinic in South Jakarta.

Police forensic officers carried out an autopsy on Allya's body at her grave in Tanah Kusir cemetery in Central Jakarta on Wednesday afternoon.

Krishna said Cafferty's status would be determined after the investigators had carried out a case expose as a follow-up to previous investigations and Wednesday's autopsy.

Krishna said the case expose would be announced on Thursday morning.

If Caffery were proven guilty of malpractice, he would have committed two crimes, given his visa violation, Krishna said.

The Jakarta Police had been coordinating with the US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) in case the fugitive therapist had returned to his home country.

The Jakarta Administration has shut down all Chiropractic First clinics in the wake of the case.The Jakarta Health Agency found that the clinics were operating illegally, having failed to obtain permits from the agency.

Internal bleeding

The five-and half-hour autopsy on Wednesday afternoon revealed that Allya suffered from internal bleeding in the upper neck area before she died.

Jakarta Police Health division chief Sr.Comr. Musyafak said that blood absorption was found in her upper neck to chest.

"The bleeding came from the upper neck, in the first and second cervical," he told journalists.

Allya's death might have been caused by the bleeding, Musyafak said, adding that the victim could have suffered hypotension leading to a coma.

Another possibility, he added, was that Allya's brainstem was pressed by the bleeding, similarly leading to a coma.

"Unfortunately, the victim has been buried for more than five months, so the exact cause of death cannot be identified," Musyafak said.

No conclusion on the cause of the bleeding has been reached, but Musyafak said that the location of the bleeding in the neck area strengthened suspicions that chiropractic therapy had been involved.

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