Human remains discovered

Crime report

27 April 2020 | Crime

A goat herder discovered human remains near farm De Rust, about 65km from Uis on Saturday.

In the regional crime report, deputy commissioner Erastus Iikuyu said that the police found various items at the scene.

“We discovered a yellow t-shirt, blue sandals, dark blue torn underwear, small amounts of hair, an orange overall and a red jersey. The police also observed dry blood drops and drag marks from the ground up to the mountain (cave) where the red jersey and blue sandals were found.”

Ikuyu said that it is suspected that the victim was attacked, dragged and killed by a wild animal.

“We suspect the remains may be one of three men that went missing while travelling to Brandberg to dig for semi-precious stones. They decided to walk to Uis to look for assistance after the vehicle they hired in Gobabis ran out of fuel. The three men Uniseb David (36), Kheinamseb Abraham (35) and Sean Sarel Gomiseb (26) were reported missing on 23 March when they didn’t reach Uis.”

The remains will be brought to the Walvis Bay Police mortuary for further investigation.

A forensic investigation will determine the identity of the deceased.

An initial report indicated that a driver accompanied by his uncle, departed with the three men who intended to go digging for semi-precious stones. Upon their arrival in Uis, they proceeded to a farm called /Aruxa-Ams, where they stayed the night.

The next day (Saturday, 21 March) at about 17:00, they drove towards the Brandberg Mountain.

According to the driver who reported the matter at Uis police station, they lost direction and drove up to a place where they came across lions as well as elephants, so they decided to drive back.
On the way back, they ran out of fuel and spent the night at that particular spot until the next morning (Sunday, 22 March).

The three men, who hired the driver to take them to the Brandberg, then proceeded to walk towards Uis in search for help. However, they never reached Uis or Farm /Aruxa-Ams.

According to the report, the three men’s footprints left the road, walking northwards behind Brandberg instead east towards Uis.
The search for the remaining missing persons continue.

DRUGS

The police arrested various suspected drug dealers and persons found in possession of drugs in the last week.

Two suspects (aged 32 and 21) were arrested in Agaat Street Kuisebmond on Saturday. Two grams of cocaine powder valued at N$1 000 was discovered in their possession.
The men were due to appear in the Walvis Bay magistrate’s court today.

Two other men were arrested for also dealing in and being in possession of suspected cocaine powder, as well as being charged with contravening the refugee act and the prevention of organised crime act (POCA).

The suspects were found in possession of 170g of cocaine powder valued at N$102 000 during a police sting on Saturday. An amount of N$2 320 was also confiscated.

According to Ikuyu, the two men are refugees from the Osire Refugee Camp in the Otjozondjupa region. They were given permission to visit Swakopmund, however their permits had expired on 31 March 2020.

The suspects were due to make a court appearance at the Swakopmund magistrate’s court today.

A 32-year old man was found in possession of mandrax near the T49 bar in the DRC location of Swakopmund on Friday. “He was found with two halves and ten quarter mandrax tablets valued at N$420,” said Iikuyu.

This suspect was also expected to make his first court appearance at the Swakopmund magistrate’s court today.

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