Grieving family kept dead relative in freezer

17 July 2017 | Crime

A grieving family had the police turn up at their door last week, seeking answers after their relative's body was found in a freezer on their guest farm near Omaruru.

Rumours started circulating after an employee on the guest farm stumbled upon the body of a woman in the freezer on Wednesday and informed the police.

Members of the community in Omaruru who spoke to Nampa on condition of anonymity claimed that the farm owner had murdered an employee and hid her body in the freezer, with some speculating that the “murder” was racially motivated.

The Namibian Police on Friday, however, cleared the misunderstanding, with Detective Inspector Daniel Gurirab saying the body was that of a 93-year-old woman who stayed on the guest farm north-east of Omaruru.

The deceased was a family member of the owners.

He clarified that the elderly woman died of illness and that she was not black, nor an employee at the farm.

Gurirab explained that after the employee informed them of the find, police officers went to the farm to investigate the matter, where they were informed that the woman had been sick and was pronounced dead by a private doctor. The family decided to keep her body in the freezer while preparing for her funeral.

“They wanted to bury her on the farm that is why they kept the body there. So please, it is not a racially motivated murder as you were informed,” said the detective.

He said people should report the deaths of family members to the police because they need to establish the actual cause of death before someone is buried.

Gurirab said in this specific case, the family was not in the wrong for not reporting the death, because they had a private doctor who confirmed the woman's death and informed them what she died of.

When approached on Saturday, the farm owner refused to comment.

“We just buried her, now you are bothering me with such questions.” I do not wish to comment,” he said.



NAMPA

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