The remains of Mushambe Olivia Kathongo, 69, who went missing on the 30th January this year, were found last week at Popa Village in the Kavango Region.
Her bones were discovered in the bushes by villagers and the family helped identify her from the clothes she had worn on the day she disappeared.
A police search party in her disappearance had given up months ago, with speculation ranging from witchcraft, a crocodile attack to having fallen victim of a ritual killing.
“There have been all sorts of rumours surrounding her disappearance but it has been widely believed that she must have been a victim of ritual killings,” said a fellow villager, Frans Katanga.
It is not surprising that many people have since bought into the ritual killing rumour, because normally when people disappear with no trace, it’s because of such things, Katanga said.
“She left the house in the late afternoon and never came back home. It is also not clear whether or not she could have been drunk at the time because she used to drink occasionally,” he said adding that the family is just grateful that her remains have been found, putting to rest all the uncertainties though the bigger questions concerning her cause of death remain unanswered.
NamPol regional crime co-ordinator, Inspector Crispin Muvebo, confirmed an inquest docket 24/2012 has been opened but said there are almost no leads in determining the cause of her death so far.
“Though she went missing at the end of January, she was only reported missing on the 10th of February. At the moment, there are really no clues as to what lead to her death; we are still looking into it. We hope to find some kind of explanation to this unfortunate incident soon,” said Inspector Muvebo.
She was survived by children and grandchildren.