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Burnt remains of man discovered in riverbed

By: Isai Sipunga

Namibian Police are investigating a suspected murder case after burnt remains of a man were discovered in a riverbed in Windhoek’s Southern industrial area.

According to the Namibian Police Khomas regional spokesperson, Warrant officer Silas Shipandeni, the unidentified body of a middle-aged man was discovered by a passerby along a railway on Monday late afternoon.

The lifeless body, suspected to be in his 30s, was not only burnt but also has an open wound to the chest and head injuries.

“The strange part is that, upon the arrival of the police, we discovered that the body was burnt. One can say second degree burns. We strongly suspect that this particular person was assaulted. We are coming out and appealing to the public that whoever is missing a middle-aged male person to come forth,” remarked Shipandeni.

At this point, the police cannot tell when the body was set alight. However, Shipandeni stated that the police are busy with the investigations, including the post-mortem.

Shipandeni stated that no identification was found on the man. Therefore, the police are calling upon members of the public who are missing a relative to approach the police mortuary situated in the vicinity of Windhoek’s central hospital.

“As much as the person was burnt,he was wearing a blue overall, and underneath, he was wearing a long sleeved brown T-shirt. Not only that, but we discovered an identification mark on the body of the deceased. We have identified a tattoo on his left arm,” remarked Shipandeni.

In a separate incident, police also opened a case of culpable homicide on Monday evening after a man died in a hit and run accident. According to Shipandeni, the accident happened along Mahatma Ghandi Street in Windhoek North where a motorist hit two men and fled the scene.

Shipandeni said one man died on the scene,while the other sustained serious injuries and is admitted in hospital. Shipandeni indicated that a number plate was found at the scene and they are busy tracing the suspect.



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