13 Mar 2015 16:00pm
KOMBAT, 13 MAR (NAMPA) The four-year-old girl who was abducted at Kombat last Wednesday, was found on Friday morning, hungry, thirsty and in a weak state.
The girl is alive. We found her being carried by the suspect on his shoulders. She has been admitted to the Grootfontein State Hospital for medical care and examinations, said the Otjozondjupa Regional Police Head of Operations, Deputy Commissioner Moses Khairabeb.
He said some farmers in the Kombat area alerted the police on Thursday that a suspect slaughtered a sheep from the New Sommerau Unit C Government Resettlement Farm in the area of Kombat, and then disappeared into the mountainous bushes.
This was one week after after the girl, whose name is known but cannot be mentioned, was snatched from her home in Kombat, situated approximately 40 kilometres east of Otavi in the Otjozondjupa Region.
On Friday morning, a strong team of 40 police officers and community members followed footprints from the farm into the mountainous area of Kombat.
Khairabeb said that at approximately 10h00 on Friday morning, a section of the search team saw the suspect at close range, carrying the child on his shoulders in the bushy area.
A few gunshots were fired into the air to warn him.
The suspect did no run, and he was subsequently arrested by the police, said Khairabeb, who led the search.
The girl was taken to hospital immediately in the company of her mother.
Khairabeb said the suspect, in his forties, had turned some carved rocks into a sleeping place for them.
Containers of water, a fireplace, and fresh lamb meat were found on the same spot.
Criminal charges of abduction and stock theft have since been laid against the suspect at the Kombat police station.
He is expected to appear in the Grootfontein Magistrates Court on Monday.
Police investigations continue.