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Missing mental patient's remains found

by Auxilia Katongomara
21 Feb 2015 at 07:01hrs | Views
THE remains of a Bulawayo mental patient who went missing last December while she was on her way to Plumtree, were found in Brunapeg.

A herd-boy stumbled upon the remains at Phathisani grazing area on Wednesday and rushed to notify other villagers who then made a police report.

Police used the woman's cellphone which was at the scene to trace her relatives.

What could have happened to the woman remains a mystery but police are investigating the case.

The woman, Concetor Dube, 60, went missing in December and her family had been looking for her ever since.

On Thursday uMthunywa published an appeal by the family members who had not yet been contacted by the police after the woman's remains were found on Wednesday.

Dube's brother, Smile confirmed the incident.

"We can confirm that the remains found in Brunapeg are my sister's," said Dube.

He said his sister was a mental patient.

Dube said Concetor's mental problem began soon after her husband's death in 2012.

Concetor is said to have left her Nkulumane residence in December to visit her rural home in Bango, Plumtree but she never got there.

She was last spotted in Mukolongwe area also in Plumtree.

Matabeleland South Police Spokesperson Inspector Philisani Ndebele confirmed the incident.

"I can confirm that police attended to a scene where human remains believed to be of a woman who had been reported missing since December last year were found," said Insp Ndebele.

He said a postmortem would be conducted to ascertain the cause of death.

Police found a bag with the late Dube's clothes on the scene and her mobile phone which they later used to trace her relatives.

Smile said Dube's remains would be buried tomorrow in Kezi.

Dube is survived by five children.

In August last year, tourists discovered skeletal remains of a Bulawayo man who had gone missing for four years, in a cave in Matopo.

They used his cellphone to trace his relatives.


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