IRENE Lohmeier, an iconic Swakopmund business personality, was strangled to death in her home in Trekopje Street in Swakopmund sometime during Monday night.
Although not officially confirmed by the Namibian Police in the Erongo Region, the body of Lohmeier, who was 82-years-old, was found on a sofa in the lounge of her home on Tuesday morning.
According to a member of the murdered woman’s family, they currently believe that she was attacked by two men.
“We saw the footprints of two people in the yard of her house. One was barefooted and another wore flip flops and we suspect that the murder might have occurred at about 22:00. Neighbours told us that they heard strange noises and saw people jumping into a vehicle and driving off at high speed at about ten last night,” the family member said.
The brutal murder of the elderly Lohmeier, who until her death still had been involved in the well-known H. Lohmeier Mens’ Outfitters in Swakopmund’s central business district, follows less than a week after a similar incident occurred in the Vineta residential area of the coastal town.
During that incident, an 87-year-old woman and her caretaker were overpowered in their home in Fischreier Street by three men who wore balaclavas to hide their identities. During the attack, the two women were seriously assaulted and left for dead after they were tied up by the assailants that were armed with pangas, knives, and a firearm.
The robbers ransacked the house and stole a small safe, N$400 in cash, and a mobile phone.
According to Lohmeier’s family member, it is not yet clear if the attackers stole anything of value from the elderly business woman’s home after beating her to death.