|The late Mitchel Musharu|
Though post mortem results are yet to be released, the police suspect the cause of death for the missing 5-year-old Bikita girl to be drowning.
Masvingo provincial police spokesperson Inspector Kudakwashe Dhewa confirmed the incident and said Mitchel Musharu’s body was discovered in a septic tank without any visible injuries.
“The deceased’s body was found floating in a septic tank by her parents, Pascaline Mhondera (32) and Samuel Musharu (32) who immediately notified the police.
“Mhondera saw her daughter’s tennis in a disused open septic tank and alerted his husband who then retrieved the body.
“The deceased’s body was retrieved with no body injuries so we suspected drowning as the cause of the sudden death.
“The body has since taken to Ndanga Hospital for post mortem were we are waiting for results, investigations are still in progress,” said Inspector Dhewa.
The deceased, who is from Munikwa Village under chief Mukanga, went missing last week on April 17 around 1600 hours at Nyika growth point.
She was last seen playing near Chicken Zone General Dealer shop with Sithembile Simangu’s (31) daughter before she went missing.
Inspector Dhewa told TellZim news that Mhondera left her late daughter at her neighbor’s shop who was also a general dealer at Nyika growth point.
“The deceased’s mother left her for shopping in the hands of Simangu.
“Simangu’s daughter (5) and the deceased went outside the shop to play, and later the deceased allegedly said she wanted to pee, so she left her.
“When Simangu returned, she noticed that her late child was missing, she alerted the neighbors who helped her in searching for the deceased.
“They then reported the case at ZRP Nyika base,” said Inspector Dhewa.