Family convinced remains are Shannon's

08 October 2020 | Crime

LEANDREA LOUW

WALVIS BAY



The family of 22-year-old Shannon 'Darlikie' Wasserfall, who mysteriously went missing at Walvis Bay in April, believe remains uncovered late on Tuesday are their daughter's.

The family said while they will wait for DNA tests to officially confirm the identity of the deceased, they have little doubt that the remains - found in the dunes in the vicinity of Narraville - are indeed Wasserfall's.

Wasserfall's father, Tega Matheus, said the way forward as a family is to pray that the culprit behind the presumed gruesome murder is found to face the law.

“When the culprit is found, it might help us understand better what happened to Darlikie,” he said.





“However, it's still early to determine our way forward, as forensics need to confirm that it is indeed my daughter. I am positive that we will soon find out what exactly happened to her and who is responsible for her death.”



Anonymous SMS

According to detective chief inspector Daniel Gurirab, the police received an anonymous SMS directing them exactly to the remains.

“On Tuesday afternoon, the police went to the area as directed and discovered near Narraville the remains buried in a shallow grave in the sand dunes. “According to the clothes found at the scene, it is suspected that the remains could be of Shannon Wasserfall,” Gurirab said.



Without a trace

Wasserfall went missing on Friday, 10 April, at about 16:00 from Uuwanga Street in Tutaleni, where she lived with a friend.

Matheus said after her disappearance, he went to Walvis Bay to look for his daughter.

Wasserfall came to Walvis Bay in December 2019 to visit her mother.

“On the day of her disappearance, she dropped off her son at a friend's place and was not seen since,” her father said.

“A week after staying with her mother, she went to her boyfriend, who is also the father of her child. Apparently, she told her friend with whom she left her baby that she was going to meet someone at the Independence Shop in Kuisebmond, about 100 metres from where her friend lives.

“Her timeline and information I gathered and phone records show her boyfriend was the last person she spoke to. He also texted her sister on Thursday, the day before she was reported missing, as he could not find her. Records show that calls were made on 8 and 9 April, but nothing from 10 April.”

Her father also hired a private investigator to search for Wasserfall.

“Due to Covid-19 and the lockdown, our plans were hampered to fully complete the investigation.”



Ominous message

This week, Matheus received an anonymous text message which read: [sic] “Comrade, ur name 4 missing ppl. Together with foreign some in defence units are working together for money. If u go to the mall and u r crossing the road to naravile, just where the roadblock is now at that intersection, to ur right behind the dune, they r leaving ppl ther if u r not obey or comply. Others they r leav near 44 rooikop. Commissioner, u r suprise 4 some of those u r walking pass everyday at some stations. Keep wake up. Im go. RP ANONYMUS”

“Comrade, 4 sure. The girls 4 missing r to those location. Plz to check commisioner...sum in the force r nearby area. Ur numba 4 missing ppl.”

Matheus said when he tried to call the number the message was sent from, the call did not go through.

“My gut feeling tells me that the person who sent this message knows something.”





'No remorse'

After Wasserfall's disappearance, the police only questioned her boyfriend and her friend.

“There was no remorse from the boyfriend. The last time we saw each other, we had a fight. He simply answered us the way he wanted to,” Matheus said.

After the remains were found on Tuesday, a murder case was opened in Kuisebmond.

Wasserfall's missing person file remains open until she can be positively identified.

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