The recent wave of mysterious deaths in Bong County seems to be creating fear and insecurity among ordinary citizens, who are yet to comprehend the actual nature of these deaths.
Recently, crime investigators of the Liberia National Police in Bong County uncovered the decomposed body of a 29 yr-old man in Gbonota in Sanoyea district after he had gone missing for 12 days unnoticed.
The Chief of Crime Services of the Bong County Police Detachment told this paper that Garmai Bortee went missing on the 28 of February and was not seen until march 11, 2011, when his decomposed body was discovered in a nearby bush, about a fifteen-minute walk from the town.
Inspector Alvin James said the citizens did not inform the police about the situation until march 11 when the commissioner of Sanoyea District informed the police detail in Totota that a resident of Gbonota went missing since February 28. A team was immediately dispatched to the town for search operations at which time Garmai’s body was discovered unrecognizable.
The local CSD Chief said during preliminary investigation on the crime scene, it was observed that a bush rope was tied in a tree suspended over the body of Bortee, suggesting that he may have committed suicide. According to Inspector James, officers at the crime scene were unable to determine the cause of death because of the decomposed condition of the body.
A Friend of the late Garmai Bortee informed the police investigators that the day his colleague went missing, they both had a contract to gather planks in the town from the bush, but could not see Bortee at his house for several hours after a number of attempts to get him for the task.
The friend of the deceased said that after he waited to no avail, he started the job in anticipation of the arrival of Bortee, but to his disbelief his friend was nowhere to be found until the news broke out that he had gone missing. In a related development, police in Bong County recently arrested a man in connection with the death of seventy-five year old woman.
Bigboy David was apprehended following the death of Lorpu Naneh, whose body was found on her farm in David Town, Salala District. Making the disclosure, the Chief of Crime Services (CDS) of the Bong Country Police Detachment, noted that Bigboy had earlier denied any involvement in the death of the aging woman, but evidences gathered on the crime scene linked him to the commission of the crime.
Inspector Alvin James said, a cutlass retrieved from the crime scene was indentified to be the property of Bigboy. A steam of blood was also spotted on Bigboy’s shirt, but the accused claimed it was the water of a tree. The shirt in question was then sent to the Phebe Hospital for medical examination at which time it was confirmed that the steam was actual blood.
The Body of Lorpu Naneh was deposited at the St. Kennedy Funeral Home in Gbarnga for a month, following which the government took the initiative to under write its burial which took place on Saturday March 26, 2011 in David’s Town.
Bigboy David is currently lauquishing behind bars at the Gbarnga Central Prison awaiting legal prosecution. Several women have been murdered in Bong County in recent years, notably among them, Annie Kpakalah in Kpai District and Mary Kolleh in Suakoko District.