Gbarnga Police Investigate Mysterious Death of Woman

GBARNGA, Bong – Family members and friends of a 29-year-old woman who was mysteriously killed in Gbarnga have embarked on a peaceful demonstration calling on the government to ensure those responsible for her killing are arrested.

The decomposed body of Angeline Kolleh was found in the Sugar Hill Community on August 7, a few minutes away from the house where she was renting.

Police record showed that she had been missing since July 7.

The commander of the Crime Services Department of the Liberia National Police in Bong, Kelenso Flomo, told The Bush Chicken that a 15-man jury set up to examine the body established that there was “foul play.”

“During the cross examination, the jury established that the lady’s head was discovered in a plastic bag along with her two legs in separate locations,” Flomo said.

No arrests have been made in connection with the death of the woman, according to the police.

Meanwhile family members and friends of the deceased paraded with placards on Thursday calling on the government of Liberia to arrest those responsible for Kolleh’s death.

Moses Kolleh, the father of Angeline Kolleh, said the deceased visited him in Kakata in June this year. He said Angeline is originally from Kakata but she had moved to Gbarnga to work with a local NGO.

Moses Kolleh, father of Angeline Kolleh. Photo: Moses Bailey.

“We are only appealing to the government to help arrest the people who did this to our daughter,” Kolleh said. “Our family is downhearted. Can you imagine that my daughter was just 29 years of age, no child and now she is no more?”

During their peaceful march, Kolleh’s friends and family members chanted, “Who killed Angeline? We want justice, who killed Angeline? We want justice.”

Bong’s police chief superintendent, Frederick Nepay, said the investigation is “critical” and requires time and careful analysis.

He assured the family members and the public that the police are doing everything possible to bring the perpetrator to justice. Nepay said he has communicated with headquarters of the Liberia National Police in Monrovia for assistance in the investigation.

Bong’s police chief superintendent, Frederick Nepay. Photo: Moses Bailey.

“We requested additional investigators from Monrovia to come and help us continue this investigation,” Nepay told The Bush Chicken.

He said the investigators from Monrovia visited the crime scene and gathered some materials to aid the investigation.

The decomposed body of the woman has been turned over to family members for burial as police investigation continues, Nepay added.

Even though no official arrests have been made, police say they have invited Angeline Kolleh’s landlords in Gbarnga for questioning.

On community radio stations, some residents and rights groups have condemned the killing of Kolleh and called on the police to beef investigation to ensure the culprits are apprehended.

This is not the first time in Bong for such a suspected murder to occur; in September 2012, Janet Harris, 12, went missing in Yarkporla, Jorpolu Clan. A week later, her decomposed body was found in a nearby creek with several parts extracted.

The conditions surrounding Kolleh’s murder appears to resemble what is known as ritualistic killings, a fairly common phenomenon in Liberia. The killings usually peak around elections season as body parts are used in rituals aimed at giving political candidates an edge.

Featured photo by Moses Bailey

Moses Bailey

Moses started his journalism career in 2010 as a reporter at Radio Gbarnga. In 2011, the Press Union of Liberia recognized him as the Human Rights Reporter of the Year. In 2017, he was the Development Reporter of the Year. He is also an Internews Health Journalism Fellow. Moses is also the regional coordinator for NAYMOTE-Liberia, an organization working with youth to promote democratic governance.

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