The corpse of a man believed to be in his late 20s was early Monday, March 27 discovered in the Goba Chop Market area of Redlight in Paynesville, outside Monrovia.
The deceased, according to witnesses, was a petty trader who sold watches in the Red Light general market for many years prior to his death. But none of the witnesses interview knew the name of the man discovered dead, except that some said they could tell that he was a watch seller.
Witnesses could not also tell the cause of death, but they had suspicion that the deceased may have died of high fever while walking in the street at the market area. They also said they observed that the deceased did not show any sign of sickness until Monday morning when he was found dead.
Mrs. Winifred Jackson, who sells frozen products in the market, said she usually purchased her watches from the deceased, describing him as a very quiet man. She expressed regrets over the home going of the deceased, adding that the corpse of the deceased was covered with a lapper belonging to a colleague who had recognized the late watch dealer.
After discovering the deceased, Mrs. Jackson told this paper that efforts were being made to get to the family of the man in question in order to have his body removed from the scene. But they said their efforts did not succeed, and up to the departure of this paper, police had not gone to the scene.
The NewDawn’s reporter who visited the scene says that up to 11:30am on Monday, 27 March, government forensic team from the Liberia National Police or LNP had not arrived on the scene to establish the cause of death of the local businessman.
Mrs. Jackson had said no one came to claim the deceased’s body, noting that those of them that are selling in the market would contribute some money to have him peacefully laid to rest.
It can be recalled that sometime in December last year, the body of an unidentified man was found not too far from the main road in the same community. The cause of death in the case of the wheelbarrow operator which happened in the afternoon hours of last year was attributed to pressure or heart failure while the deceased was on duty.
Meanwhile, marketers in Redlight, Paynesville are appealing to government to establish a mini clinic in the area to attend to emergency cases to respond to health issues speedily.
They have pleaded that if there were clinics in the market, many of those who have died in the past, may not have died on grounds that they could have been referred to clinics in the market for medical attention.
Redlight is a densely populated area in Paynesville where marketers and buyers from different parts of Montserrado County and others coming to Monrovia meet on a daily basis to transact business.
By Emmanuel Mondaye-Editing by Winston W. Parley