Decomposed body of woman found in Lae

The body of a mother of four children was found some days after she went missing while gardening at Bumaiyong in Lae, Morobe Province.

The woman in her 30’s was gardening on Tuesday February 9 with some other woman some distance from Bumaiyong where she lives.

Police report that the woman went missing after she left the gardening group at the roadside with her garden goods to go back to her garden house to collect some more items that she left behind.

The rest of the group waited for her to come back but became concerned when she did not return after a while and went in search of her but had to leave on the last PMV’s as it was getting late.

The next morning they returned with a search party and managed to cover more ground discovering her decomposing body on top of a ridge.

The relatives then went back to Bumaiyong and to the Tent Siti  police station where they reported the matter to police.

Police accompanied the relatives to the location of the body about 15km walk uphill to where the body was located.

The hands of the victims were tied and her body was starting to decompose when investigators reached the site where her body was found.  However they were not able to move the corpse as there was no medical officers with them at the time.

Initial findings say that with both hands tied to the front and believe it be murder. Police are now looking into the matter.

Lae Metropolitan Commander Anthony Wagambie says that the manner of the woman’s death is gruesome assuring the relatives of the deceased that the matter will be pursued.

He says that the victim was the sole supporter to her three children after her husband died last year and also appealed to the community to assist police with any information into the  case.

Julianna Waeda