Two commit suicide in Erongo

10 Feb 2019 20:00pm
SWAKOPMUND, 10 FEB (NAMPA) – A 63-year-old woman is suspected to have committed suicide by inhaling smoke while locked in a car at her residence in Swakopmund on Saturday.
According to a crime report issued by Namibian Police crime investigations coordinator for Erongo, Deputy Commissioner Erastus Iikuyu on Sunday, the deceased was found in the garage inside the car, with a pipe inserted from the exhaust pipe into the car while the engine was running.
“According to a statement given by the deceased’s husband, he left her at home when he and his son travelled to Walvis Bay during the morning hours, but when they returned at around 12h30 they could not find his wife anywhere.
The husband further stated that when he questioned the gardener about his wife’s whereabouts, he told him that she had sent him to go and buy some milk but could also not find her upon his return,” Iikuyu added.
The deceased who has been identified as Jaqueline Carin van der Merwe, was later discovered in the garage which was locked from the inside, and was declared dead upon arrival at the hospital.
Information provided by the deceased’s husband stated that she had a history of depression.
No foul play was suspected and no suicide note was left behind.
In a separate incident, 44-year-old Otto Johannes Krahenbuhl committed suicide by hanging himself from the roof of his room on Saturday afternoon.
The deceased was discovered by his brother, who then alerted the police.
The incident occurred at the deceased’s residence in Brumwell Street in Walvis Bay.
The body of the deceased was taken to the Walvis Bay Police Morgue for examination in order to establish the cause of death.
The incident is under investigation as per Walvis Bay Inquest 02/2019, according to Iikuyu.
Meanwhile, a 61-year-old Namibian man was discovered dead on Friday morning at his residence in Kramersdorf in Swakopmund, after two of his domestic employees failed to get hold of him for about four days.
It is alleged that on Friday at about 09h00, one of the employees notified the police about his employer’s lack of response, after numerous calls and text messages to his cellphone, since Monday (04 February).
The deceased, Hanno Burkhard Rumpf, was reportedly found dead on the floor next to his bed. He was certified dead at the scene by a family doctor.
Rumpf was allegedly suffering from a heart condition.
No foul play is suspected. His next of kin have been informed.