The family of a missing police officer sergeant, Shadreck Olopeng, fear that he might have been murdered by criminals.
His mysterious disappearance comes after he failed to report for duty on March 29th this year. Worse still, his employer, Botswana Police Service (BPS) says there are no clues to his whereabouts.
Family spokesperson Keaboka Hill appealed to members of the public to assist the police with information that could directly lead to the whereabouts of sergeant Olopeng.
“As the family we strongly suspect that he might have been murdered by criminals or something bad has happened to him as it has been more than a month since his disappearance,” said Hill.
He also said the family came to know about his disappearance the day he failed to report for duty at his station.
“His missing is very strange and has devastated the entire family. A close relative who stays with him tried to call him on his cell phone but it failed to go through,” he said.
He also gave thumbs up to the Botswana Police for the support they have provided during this difficult period.
BPS spokesperson Assistant Police Commissioner Witness Bosija said it is true that one officer went missing more than a month ago after he failed to report for duty, adding that they currently do not know his whereabouts.
Giving more information about the officer, Bosija said the missing sergeant, aged 48, is from Mabumahibidu ward in Bobonong, adding that he was on two days leave and was expected to report for duty on March 29th. He also said he was a post commander at Moremi village and was last seen at Bobonong mall on his way to his police post.
He expressed optimism that they will find him alive, but appealed to members of the public to assist them with information that could led to his whereabouts.
This is the second incident of a missing police officer to disappear without trace.
Sergeant Ledimo of Maun, who was stationed in Serowe was reported missing many years ago, and even up to date, his whereabouts remain unknown.