Teacher's body found

23 November 2018 | Crime

The body of a 49-year-old teacher, who went missing on Sunday morning from Ongha in Ohangwena, was discovered yesterday in the Oshikoto Region.

Peneyambeko Hangala-Ndeunyema was a life skills teacher at Mwadinomho Combined School.

The Ohangwena police said her body was found along the Oshivelo-Tsintsabis gravel road.

“With the details we obtained from our investigation, we informed the Oshikoto police to assist us to search in that area, and they recovered the body. We were only investigating a missing person's case and now Oshikoto is investigating the death and all the circumstances surrounding it,” Ohangwena police spokesperson, Warrant Officer Abner Kaume Itumba, said.

He said earlier the police started investigating the matter although a missing person's case was not opened.

“A handbag containing her documents was picked at Oshikango on Tuesday and it is not yet known how it got there or who dropped it. It is currently in the possession of the police,” Itumba said.





He said according to the family, Hangala-Ndeunyema told people she was going to Omuthiya to attend to something, without indicating exactly what she was going to do.

“She parked her car where she usually parks it, whenever she goes somewhere, but she did not leave the key where she usually leaves it. Therefore, nobody knew which direction she took or with whom or how,” he added.

Mwadinomho Combined School principal Dominicus Elago said Hangala-Ndeunyema did not report for work on Monday.

According to Elago, she has been a teacher at the school since 1997, and she has never been absent without leave.

“On Monday we started getting worried when it was getting late, but Hangala-Ndeunyema did not show up at school or notify me of her late coming or any problem. I started enquiring from colleagues if there was anybody who heard from her, but none of the colleague had heard from her. I called her and her cellphone was off,” Elago said.

“I therefore decided to contact the family and they told me that they have not seen her since Monday and they have notified the police. Later that day, police officers from the Ongha police station visited the school to conduct enquiries.”

ILENI NANDJATO

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