April 11 2010: A four-year-old girl of Monarch location in Francistown was last week found dead several days after she was reported missing.
Senior Superintendent Chabaesele Kesupetswe of Central Police Station confirmed the little girl’s death, saying that her body was found badly decomposed by members of the public, who later reported the matter to the police.
“At the moment we cannot establish what could have caused the death of the young girl, but investigations are at an advanced stage,” Kesupetswe said.
He also said that such incidents are very rare in the region, as most people who are reported missing are usually found alive.
He did not rule out the possibility of a ritual killing, as the girl’s body was found with some of her body parts missing.
“At this stage, we cannot substantiate this allegation, as we are still waiting for the pathology report to establish what could have caused her death,” he said.
Kesupetswe said that the only suspected ritual killing that he remembers was the one that happened in Tutume early this year, when a person went missing and was later found dead with body parts missing.
He advised parents to take better care of their children, and always leave them in the care of adults.