THE Police in the Erongo Region needs the help of the public to identify a dead body that washed up on Swakopmund beach on Friday.
According to Deputy Commissioner Erastus Iikuyu, the Erongo Regional Crime Investigations Coordinator, the body of the deceased person was spotted on a beach south of the Platz Am Meer shopping centre on Friday morning.
He said the unidentified remains are that of a man aged between 20 and 25.
“The naked body washed up on the beach and was spotted by two anglers fishing in the vicinity. The only items of clothing that could lead to the identification of the body are two earrings, one in each ear of the deceased,” he said.
Deputy Commissioner Iikuyu said the police and the Fire Brigade were summoned to attend the scene.
According to Adri Goosen, the Chief of the Swakopmund Fire Brigade, the body was spotted when it first washed up on the beach on Friday morning.
“We sent out a team to help with the retrieval of the body but when they got to the beach the sea, unfortunately, dragged it back in and our members had to patrol the beach to see if it would wash up again,” he said.
Goosen confirmed that the remains of a young unidentified man washed up on the beach for a second time about two hours after it was first spotted.
Deputy Commissioner Iiluyu said that the body was taken to the Swakopmund hospital to be tested for COVID-19 after it was retrieved from the beach.
“No missing person report was filed with the Namibian Police and initial inquiries from people living in the vicinity of the discovery found that nobody witnessed anything untoward in the area. At this stage no foul play is suspected,” he said.
Deputy Commissioner Iikuyu requested any person who is missing a family member or a friend to contact him at 081 246 4757, Detective Inspector Rosa Tjihavero at 081 413 7105 or the nearest Police Station at 10111.