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Harper residents in shock as Police probe missing child’s death

By Patrick N. Mensah, Maryland County

Police in Harper, Maryland County are investigating circumstances leading to the death of an eight-year-old boy, Levi Koffa, who reportedly went missing on Monday, July 18, 2022, in Harper.

The alleged missing child’s lifeless body was discovered on Wednesday, July 20th.

According to reports, the lad left his family home on Monday, July 18, 2022, and went to school, but never returned up to the time he was discovered dead at about 1:00 pm in Lakeshepered’s community.

His death brings to two, recent mysterious situations that have drawn citizens’ attention in Harper and Pleebo districts, respectively.

On Wednesday this week, a group of citizens in Maryland County launched a search campaign for little Levi Koffa, but to no avail.

The campaign was led by family members of the deceased on various street corners of Harper with anticipation that he could’ve been found alive. But his lifeless body was discovered in the Lake of Harper.

Prior to police preliminary investigation, residents of Harper expressed fear that earlier it was Anthony Tiaka, and now it’s Levi Koffa.

According to the aggrieved citizens, last year they lost almost everything because of the gruesome murder of the late Mordious Nyemah, who was a student of the Pleebo High School.

Responding to the citizens’ concerns on Thursday, July 21, when he appeared on a community radio station, Maryland Superintendent George A. Proud regretted the situation but called on Marylanders to remain calm, as efforts are underway to probe the death of little Koffa.

He said the Minister of Internal Affairs in Monrovia has insured him that hopefully next week, a team of pathologists will arrive in the county to conduct autopsies on both bodies.

“Let me encourage my citizens to remain calm; the minister has assured me that pathologists will be in the county few days to come in order to carry on autopsy on the bodies of the late Tiaka and Koffa”, Superintendent Proud said.

Recently, hundreds of protesters peacefully took the streets of Pleebo City, Maryland electoral district#2, calling on local authorities and national government’s attention to the mysterious death of Student Tiaka of Tubman University whose lifeless body was discovered in his bedroom on Sunday, 3rd July.

Report quoted a 12-member coroner jury in the county that examined the body as detailing that the late Tiaka’s eyes had bruises, gashes on his forehead, penis pierced with a sharp instrument, and bled profusely from other parts of his body.

“We are seriously not convinced that our friend, who was lastly seen on Thursday, June 30th, 2022 until the discovery of his lifeless body on 3 July 2022 died of a natural cause,” the protesters said in a statement released during their street protest on Wednesday, July 6, 2022. Editing by Jonathan Browne

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