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Police breakthrough in Shannon murder

Police breakthrough in Shannon murder

Zorena Jantze

A WOMAN has been arrested in connection with the murder case of 22-year-old Shannon Wasserfal, whose possible remains were this week discovered in a shallow grave in the dunes in Walvis Bay.


Commissioner Maritz !Naruseb, head of the Crime Investigations Directorate (CID), today during a press briefing in the Capital said that the unidentified woman was taken in for questioning yesterday.


Sources working on the case said that the woman is believed to be behind the anonymous tip-off via text messages about the exact location of Wasserfal’s remains.


Wasserfal was reported missing on 10 April 2020 in Walvis Bay.


PROGRESS: Commissioner Maritz !Naruseb, head of CID, updating the media on the Wasserfal case. Video: Zorena Jantze


“A woman has been arrested, however, we have not formally charged her yet. We just brought her in for questioning, but formal charges will be made after evaluating evidence at our disposal. We expect more arrests to be made in this case,” !Naruseb stated.


Sources close to the investigations have also revealed that the father to Wasserfal’s two-year-old child is also a person of interest in the murder case.


!Naruseb stated that due to the circumstances under which the human remains were discovered, the police have registered a case of murder, alternatively, defeating the ends of justice for further investigation.


“A joint investigation of senior detectives from Windhoek and Walvis Bay are leading the investigations. To this end, one person was detained for further questioning. We are, however, still appealing to anyone who might have information, or had heard or witnessed the disappearance of Shannon Wasserfal or with regard to the human remains that were discovered by the police to come forward. It should be noted that the efforts of the police alone will not be able to combat criminal activities in our society,” !Naruseb said.


He added that the Namibian Police Forensic Science Institute, which is responsible for examining and identifying physical evidence that was collected by members resorting under the Criminal Investigation Directorate, became involved with the investigations after the discovery of the human remains.


!Naruseb stated that the police force is going to conduct a forensic investigation to confirm whether or not the remains will match the missing person.


He stated that Wasserfal’s remains are also expected to arrive in Windhoek today for post mortem examination to determine the cause of death.  


!Naruseb, however, stated that this may take longer than expected as the Namibian Police Forensic Science Institute is relocating to its new Forensic Science Campus.


The move caused all activities at the Forensic Science Institute to be on hold as all electronic equipment at the new office have to be installed.


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