A body of an indentified person trapped in a sewer line has been found in a complete decomposed state at Manase Sewage plant in Blantyre, police and Blantyre City Council authorities have confirmed.
An officer at the sewerage treatment plant told Nyasa Times that for some three weeks they have been experiencing a low flow of sewer waste and water which they thought was just one of the normal blockages.
“However, we just saw an upsurge flow for a while before it depreciated again. As per our normal procedure we launched an inspection in the check points where traps are put to filter foreign objects. That is when we found the decomposed body at the first check point and we immediately called the police and our personnel from our health department,” he said.
About seven plain clothed policemen came to the scene, took pictures and ordered the health personnel to bury the remains within the sewerage yard since the body was too decomposed to be carried to a grave yard.
One of the police investigators said the body could have been in the sewer line for over a month which resulted in some body parts missing.
The body had no head and police could also not even identify the deceased sex due to the state of the body.
But Blantyre Police said for the past two months they had not received any report of missing person and could not connect the decomposed body to anybody.
Due to the decomposed state of the body, police could not even tell whether the person was murdered by criminals or that the person was a criminal killed by mob justice.
But some residents in the area revealed that the person is believed to have been murdered as had no private parts and police deliberately concealed it in order not to raise alarm.
Last year, another body of unidentified man was also found in a septic tank in Zingwangwa Sewage, Blantyre in a decomposed state and also without private parts. His body was also buried within the sewage.