Gweru River Accident Update: Police Call Off Search For Missing Passengers
The police have called off the search for four missing passengers who were swept away by a flooded Gweru River on Sunday, stating that they ‘could be searching for non-existent bodies’.
According to The Chronicle, the police have called off the search after discovering that no one filed a missing person report of a relative, friend or workmate that could have boarded the double cab that was swept away by floods.
On Tuesday, a team of rescuers comprising of ZRP sub-aqua unit, Gweru City council fire brigade and private players recovered two bodies from the wreckage of a vehicle that was swept away by a flooded Gweru River on Sunday morning.
Two bodies were recovered from the vehicle and the bodies were that of the driver and a passenger who was in the back seat.
The driver was identified by the police as Mr Tinashe Chiwawa who was an engineer at Gweru City Council, he was laid to rest on Wednesday in Gweru.
The other passenger has not yet been identified.
According to an eyewitness account, the double cab had six passengers including four males and two females on board.
Midlands provincial police spokesperson Inspector Emmanuel Mahoko confirmed that search and rescue operations for the four missing were called off after no one filed a missing person report.
We have called off rescue operations aimed at retrieving the bodies of the said four passengers who were said to have been in the vehicle. No one has come forward to report a missing person, friend or relative, he said.
Inspector Mahoko added that the police were relying on the information supplied by the eyewitness that the vehicle had six passengers on board.
So that was the information we were working with and the fact that no one has come forward to reports missing person, we have been forced to abandon the search. We could be searching for non-existent bodies, said Insp Mahoko.
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