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Following days of massive search in Gbolobo, Pleebo Sodokan district – Maryland County, a 13-year-old boy identified as Moses Telbert, who reportedly went with some friends to swim, has been discovered dead after drowning in a creek. Speaking to this paper over the weekend in Pleebo, Maryland County Electoral district#2, the elder brother of the late Moses said, the deceased went with some friends to the creek during the afternoon hours to bath when the incident occurred.

According to him, information about his younger brother drowning didn’t reach the family in time, adding that it was lately after they had launched a search before it was discovered that he had drowned.

He said after the lifeless body of the Moses was discovered floating early Monday morning, officers of the Liberia National Police, County Health Team, and local leaders went on the scene to examine the corpse.
Meanwhile, a 15-man jury comprised of local leaders and County Health Team after thorough examination of the corpse reported no foul play.Mr. Albert Sunday, Town Chief of Gbolobo, regrets the sudden death of the 13 years old, who he noted, was a committed youth.

Chief Sunday extended condolences to the bereaved family and warned members of town to desist from bathing in the creek to avoid a reoccurrence of such incident. He said measures would be introduced to monitor residents of the town, while calling on family of the late Moses Telbert to remain calm as investigation concludes.

Patricia Dennis, representing women of Gbolobo said she was astonished when the information reached the town.She said the situation was so worrisome, but encouraged the mother of the deceased to remain calm as the women also join the family to investigate further.

Residents of the town expressed fear and highlighted some challenges confronting them such as lack of hand pumps, health workers, and electricity, among other social services. Youth president Francis Cooper, lamented that challenges facing the town are reasons why some residents leave the town to go to creek. Editing by Jonathan Browne

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