The NEWS (Monrovia)

13 December 2012

Liberia: JFK Staff's DNA Test Proves Contrary

An investigation conducted by The NEWS has revealed that the identity of a man who was discovered dead in the compound of John F. Kennedy Memorial Center remains unclear as the DNA test with one of his children proved contrary.

Ballah Scott, an employee of the John F. Kennedy Hospital went missing from his hospital bed in July this year and was discovered dead in the back of the compound by some maintenance people. But since the discovery, there have been doubts about the identity of the late Scott.

The Ministry of Justice through the Liberia National Police immediately launched an investigation into circumstance surrounding the mysterious disappearance and subsequent death of Scott.

The Management of JFK requested an autopsy but the family asked the government to conduct a DNA (Deoxyribonucleic Acid) test to establish the actual identity of the deceased.

The autopsy was performed by the Liberia National Police in collaboration with UNMIL last August but no foul play was reported.

However, the DNA result has reportedly put the family in a serious embarrassment as specimen taken from a girl believed to be the daughter of the late Scott could not match with Scott's specimen taken to Ghana.

A family source informed this paper Wednesday that the specimen taken from the girl did not match with that of Scott's specimen.

A biological relative of Scott who begged not to be named said the situation has seriously undermined the actual identity of Scott.

She said family members remained confident that the dead man is Scott.

When asked whether they were satisfied with the DNA result, she said the process was carried out without any foul-play. According to her, they have requested for another DNA to be performed with one of the sisters' specimen.

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