Man’s body retrieved from earth-dam at Omuthiya

OTJIWARONGO: The lifeless body of a 28-year-old man was retrieved from an earth-dam at Omuthiya in the Oshikoto Region on Wednesday afternoon.

The Namibian Police Force (NamPol)’s Oshikoto Regional Crime Investigations Co-ordinator, Deputy Commissioner Naomi Katjiua told Nampa in a telephonic interview on Thursday that the deceased has been identified as Festus Mwashanganawa Wilhelm.

His close relatives have been informed of his death.

Katjiua said the deceased resident of Onamanyoka village was last seen on Saturday night, 02 May 2015, at Ohakaonde cucashop where he was apparently drinking with friends.

It is alleged that Wilhelm left the cucashop on foot going back home alone at approximately 22h30.

He was missing since then, and on Wednesday some community members complained of a bad smell coming from the nearby earth-dam.

When they investigated the source of smell, they found Wilhelm’s lifeless body floating in the earth-dam.

The police were called to the scene and his body was retrieved the same day.

No foul play is suspected so far, and police investigations continue.

Meanwhile, Katjiua warned residents leaving cucashops at night on foot while inebriated to always be careful.

She said drowning incidents often occur in the area at night when people under the influence of alcohol risk walking alone and miss the footpaths, consequently falling into earth-dams.