The search for a 28-year-old man who went missing a few weeks ago from Thito ward in Maun has come to a sad end with the discovery of his dead body on Sunday.
Maun Police Station Commander, Chenamo Orateng, confirmed that Keorapetse Gaotlhobogwe’s body was found hanging by a wire from a tree and he is suspected to have committed suicide. “We do not suspect foul play, a Pathologist has confirmed it,” said Orateng.
According to Orateng, Gaotlhobogwe, who was affectionately called ‘Dipass’ by his peers, had shown signs of stress prior to the incident.
He said investigations have revealed he had at some point told someone that he was being accused of rape.
However, the police superintendent said no such rape case had been reported to them.
A farmer just outside Shashe ward found his decomposing body. He was buried the same day in Maun.
Gaotlhobogwe left home for church – which is in his neighbourhood – on the 15th of March, 2020, and never returned. He was a security guard at Security Systems and used to sell mealies on the roadside to supplement his income.
During the search that started a week after his disappearance, Gaothobogwe’s jacket and shirt, which he had worn to church on the day he went missing, were found abandoned on the streets.
However a security officer at Tawana Primary School later told investigators that he had seen a man alight from a taxi in the wee hours of the morning, take off his clothes and disappear into the village streets.
Although suspicions are rife that Gaotlhobogwe could have panicked after being accused of rape and decided to end his life, his family does not buy the story. Instead, they strongly believet he was killed.
“The person who did this is very evil and knows how to cover his tracks,” explained the deceased’s sister, Kananyo Ponaka Lekau.