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A 30 year – old woman identified as Ms. Kebbeh Johnson has been found dead in an abandoned well at her residence in the Paynesville Community where she was hosting a wake keeping on Thursday night, 19 April for her late aunt.


The victim was discovered last Thursday at about 11 pm in the well at the Gobachop Community of Paynesville. Her uncle Mr. William Barco says the incident did not only come as a shock to his family, but has also left the family pondering over how the deceased got into the well.

He told this paper on Friday, 20 April that the late Kebbeh was one of the family hosts of a wake for her aunt. Mr. Barco says what astonishes him most is that the top of the well is too narrow for such a fat woman as Kebbeh to have passed through it and drowned in the 30 ft well.

Following the discovery of the late Kebbeh’s remains in the well, Mr.Barco says the family invited Liberia National Police or LNP Zone FiveDepot in Gobachop to probe into the matter so as to establish whetherthe death of their niece was natural or carried out by anyone.

Kebbeh, a mother of two children who had been selling in the Gobachop General Market in Paynesville, had the well very closed to the entrance of her room, family sources say.

Hundreds of onlookers, marketers and well-wishers, jam parked the deceased’s residence as news of her death spread across the community on Friday morning.Burial was already at hand for Kebbeh’s aunt before she (Kebbeh) got drowned in the well, thus, leaving locals in the community to troop to the incident scene. Locals saw the incident as a double blow to the family that was already mourning.

There was uncontrollable weeping and mourning in the community, with others seen rolling on the ground in sympathy of Kebbeh’s death.Well placed family sources of the deceased told The NewDawn that the late Kebbeh was seen during the night singing traditional songs along with other women to appease the hearts of those attending the wake keeping before the incident occurred.

Family sources say Kebbeh left the crowd only to be found dead later in the well. They say a search had been launched for Kebbeh’s where abouts before the discovery was made. Following the discovery,the family says it immediately alerted the police and there was subsequent deployment of officers to protect the proximity of the well in which Kebbeh had drowned.

Further information gathered by this paper suggests that after police probe, the late Kebbeh’s corpse was later turned over to the family.When contacted on the situation, Police Spokesman Sam Collins told this paper that he could not comment on the incident on grounds that police were still investigating the matter.The remains of the late Kebbeh Johnson have been deposited at a local funeral home in Paynesville awaiting burial.
By Emmanuel Mondaye-Editing by Winston W. Parley

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