Sunday afternoon, 18 January, 2015 was a scene of grief and consternation in Gbarnga as the minor’s corpse was discovered along the bank of the Jor River in the central Liberia provincial capital.
Little Dailey Gbapue’s body parts, including vagina, ears, and nose were all reported missing when the body was discovered.
A relative of the deceased, Salome Gbapue, narrated that the little girl was sent by a neighbor of the community last week Wednesday afternoon, 14 January to go and buy something, but never return only to discover her dead body four days later with body parts reportedly missing.
She continued that they had to bury the little girl by the river bank because the body was almost decayed.
Miss Gbapue said a man only identified as Oldman had informed her that he knew the whereabouts of little Dailey Gbapue and she asked him to led her to the location, which he failed to do.
She said police have since arrested and detained Oldman and the female community resident, who sent the deceased on the errand.
Police in Bong County have confirmed the arrest and launched an intensive investigation into the incident.
Many residents are linking the death of little Dailey Gbapue to ‘heart man’ or ritualistic activities. Though dead bodies had been discovered in Gbarnga, especially in the Jor River in recent years, were no reports of body parts missing.
Bong County residents have called on police in the county to launch thorough investigation into the matter and bring the perpetrator to justice.
The death of little Dailey Gbapue has created fear in several quarters in the county with some expressing that this might be a return of ritualistic killings for power.