Unclaimed bodies crowd police mortuary



The Namibian police say its mortuary is almost full and called on people, who have missing relatives, to visit the mortuary to identify four unidentified bodies for burial.

Police spokesperson Chief Inspector Kaunapawa Shikwambi said the bodies were brought to the police mortuary and their personal particulars have been identified through a fingerprint identification process at the Ministry of Home Affairs and Immigration.

“If the body is not identified it takes up space, especially those that have been there for a long time,” Shikwambi explained.

She further said they do not normally reveal the names of the deceased without their next of kin being first informed.
Shikwambi said through the finger print identification, a certain Shigwedha Popyeni, born on November 19, 1986 at Oniipa, was found hanging after he apparently committed suicide at a house in Katutura on November 1. Popyeni’s body is still at the mortuary.

The body of another man has been in the mortuary for almost two months without being identified. The deceased, Ismael Eiseb, was transferred from Outjo Hospital to Otjiwarongo Hospital after sustaining head injuries. Eiseb, 59, is originally from Outjo and was further transferred to Windhoek’s Katutura Hospital, where he died in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) ward on September 25.

The third man, whose body is still in the mortuary, died on the spot after he was knocked down by a car on the Western Bypass on November 5.

The deceased, who was also identified through the fingerprint identification process, is Uri-Khob Johannes. A former Katutura resident, Johannes was born on 16 December 1988.
The fourth man died in hospital after he was admitted for assault injuries. He was identified as Michael Tjiriange, 43, from Okamatapati.


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