Police request public to collect unclaimed bodies

07 May 2016 11:50am
OTJIWARONGO, 07 MAY (NAMPA) - The Otjozondjupa police on Friday called on the public to assist in identifying and possibly collect three unclaimed corpses kept at the Otjiwarongo police mortuary since 2013.
Spokesperson of the Namibian Police Force (NamPol) in the Otjozondjupa Region, Warrant Officer Maureen Mbeha said attempts have been made by the police to trace relatives of these deceased persons, but it was unsuccessful.
“None of their close relatives have approached us so far to claim the bodies for burial services,” she told Nampa in an interview on Friday morning.
The three corpses were identified by means of their voters’ cards.
Joseph Shindimba, suspected to be of Kavango origin, was found dead in 2013 by a passerby at the Otjiwarongo dumpsite; Festus Tuluundeni Peingeyo, born on 03 October 1981 and suspected to be of Ovambo descent, was killed on 27 October 2014 at a bar in Okakarara; and Johannes Abraham, also suspected to be of Ovambo ancestry, who allegedly committed suicide on 31 August 2015 at Farm Okshoof, situated some 70 kilometres south of Grootfontein.
Mbeha urged relatives and members of the public who are missing relatives and/or friends to liaise with the police at Otjiwarongo or any nearest police station in collecting the deceased persons for burial.