Otjiwarongo burnt and murdered woman identified

02 Nov 2015 17:50pm
OTJIWARONGO, 02 NOV (NAMPA) – The woman who was found dead, half naked and partly burnt in the bushes between the Otjiwarongo Military Base and Orwetoveni residential area on Saturday morning, was on Monday identified.
The Namibian Police Force (NamPol)’s Otjozondjupa Regional Crime Investigations Coordinator, Detective Chief Inspector Naukalemo Andreas Monday said the deceased has been identified as 26-year-old Elizabeth Ganses.
She said close relatives of Ganses identified her at the Otjiwarongo State Hospital Mortuary.
Andreas said Ganses lived with her boyfriend at Ombili informal settlement in Otjiwarongo, with whom she has two children.
It is alleged that Ganses and friends were on Friday seen socialising at a bar in the DRC informal settlement in Otjiwarongo until in the late hours of that night.
Ganses’ friends said she was left at a bar in the DRC informal settlement when they went to Club 435, situated near the central business district (CBD) in town.
According to her friends, it is unclear whether Ganses had eventually left the bar and followed them to Club 435, as they did not meet with her later that night.
The NamPol Otjozondjupa spokesperson, Warrant Officer Maureen Mbeha told Nampa on Saturday the lifeless body of Ganses was found by a passer-by in the bushes between the Otjiwarongo Military Base and Orwetoveni residential area.
Mbeha said it is suspected the deceased was raped because the lower part of her body was naked, while the upper part of her body – her chest, face and hair - were partly burnt.
A stab wound was visible on her private part and pieces of a broken kitchen knife were found on the scene.
Ganses was found covered with a blue blouse and a pair of blue flat shoes was next to her body.
The police suspect Ganses was first strangled with a belt.
It is still not clear where she was coming from or where she was going.
The incident is suspected to have occurred in the early hours of Saturday morning because smoke was still coming from her burnt body when the police arrived at the scene shortly after 07h00.
Ganses was born in Otjiwarongo and her biological father has a house in Telecom informal settlement at Otjiwarongo, according to Andreas.
Ganses’ next of kin have been informed.
Police investigations into the matter continue.