Ghana’s acting Inspector General of Police, James Oppong-Boanuh, has confirmed the four missing Takoradi girls are dead after a DNA analysis on exhumed skeletons a month ago.
He said the girls were victims of a serial kidnapping and murdering syndicate in Takoradi – a port city of Ghana, 226km drive from the capital, Accra.
The whereabouts of the three missing Takoradi girls – Ruthlove Quayson, Priscilla Blessing Bentum and Priscilla Koranchie – who were kidnapped between August and December 2018 had become a mystery several months after the issue gained national prominence.
Mr. Oppong-Boanu said the DNA report proved positive and the results have been communicated to the families including a fourth missing person.
“The office of the Ghana Police Service informed four families in Takoradi in the Western region of Ghana, that DNA test conducted on some human remains discovered in the course of police investigations into the disappearance of four missing girls have turned positive as the remains of the girls. The Ghana police service has with regret therefore informed the families that the remains are those of Ruth Abakah, Priscilla Kuranchie, Ruth Love Quayson, Priscilla Blessing Bentum.
“Investigations now establish that the girls were victims of a serial kidnapping and murdering syndicate that operated in the Takoradi area,” the IGP said.
On August 6, 2019, the Ghana Police Service discovered a fourth set of human remains in a well at Nkroful new site at Takoradi.
The remains were discovered at an uncompleted building where Samuel Willis Udutoek – the prime suspect in the kidnapping case – was re- arrested in connection with missing persons and later convicted for unlawful escape, an official statement said.
Meanwhile, the families have reportedly refuted the results, insisting their loved ones are still alive.
Source: Daily Mail GH