Tanzania Daily News (Dar es Salaam)

3 December 2012

Tanzania: Police Investigate Foreigner's Death

Arusha — SECURITY organs here are still baffled by the identification of the Caucasian lady, whose dead body was discovered here last week.

Due to that, foreign visitors have been warned not to venture out on their own at night and should that be a must, then they should at least inform other parties of their whereabouts.

The Police on the other hand, are still investigating the murder of the white woman whose mangled anatomy was found inside a farm in the remote Terrat division, south of Arusha city. It is rather a tough undertaking according to the investigating officers because the dead woman had neither IDs nor clothes, when her body was discovered.

The Arusha Regional Police Commander, Mr Liberatus Sabas said the body of the woman estimated to be between 30 and 35 years of age was found on Monday last week. The body, he said, was discovered by residents of the Terrat Ward who eventually reported the matter to Police.

He said Police officers who went to the scene found the naked body of the woman with her hands tied and a knot extended to the right leg. A blood stained bush knife was placed on her stomach.

The bush-knife, according to Police, could have been used to inflict gashes of wounds found crisscrossing on the victim's body. RPC Sabas said Police were still investigating the incident and the body of the victim is preserved at Mount Meru Regional Hospital's mortuary.

A communiqué from the local KK Security Group which was made available to this paper described general characteristics of the dead woman as - "Age 30-35 years; No visible deformations which could be used for identification; Height -- 5 feet 4 inches; Hair colour --Goldish blond hair which is straight and to the shoulders; Colour of eyes -could not be determined."

The communiqué dated November 26, 2012 says she was found wearing a cream long sleeve blouse, black bra but nothing else to conceal her lower anatomy other than a single one black sock on the right foot.

Foreigners, whether tourists or volunteers have been confident in their adventures in town and a number of them have even been attacked, robbed and raped in the past. There is even a special desk at the Central Police station which caters for tourists and other visitors who may face problems.

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