Missing pregnant woman found without baby - Unable to speak

BY: Dotsey Koblah Aklorbortu

The 28-year-old woman who went missing last Thursday in the Sekondi Takoradi Metropolis has been found in Axim in the Nzema East District of the Western Region.

The expectant mother, whose pregnancy was in an advanced stage at the time she went missing, was found near a church building without the pregnancy or the baby, and had also become speechless.

The woman, Ms Josephine Panyin Mensah, is currently at the Axim Government Hospital receiving medical attention while the police are investigating.

The police in both Takoradi and Axim, however, declined to give further details.

Gone missing

Confirming the incident to the Daily Graphic, an elder brother of the woman, Mr Alex Essien, said his younger sister, whose pregnancy was almost due, went on her usual walk in the evening of last Thursday on the Old John Sabbah Road but did not return.

He indicated that after a week of frantic search for her, she was located in Axim.

When she was found, she was crying and could not utter a word.

“Onlookers persuaded her to tell them what was wrong with her. She could not say a word; she made an attempt to speak, but could not say a word as she appeared to have become dumb,” Mr Essien said.

 His sister, Mr Essien said, was handed a piece of paper and pen, and she was able to write down a mobile phone number of a member of the family.

“When those who found her called, we directed somebody at Axim to verify and it was confirmed to us that she was the one, so we rushed  quickly to the scene after informing the police,” he said.

He said upon arrival and finding her, the family delegation that went to Axim rushed Ms Mensah to the hospital, but the Daily Graphic also gathered that the police were preparing to transfer her to Takoradi for further medical attention.

Kidnap, ransom

According to Mr Essien, hours after a fruitless search for his sister when she went missing, there was a call to their mother’s phone with a group of people speaking in the background.

The caller is said to have told Ms Mensah’s mother that she (Ms Mensah) had been kidnapped and the caller demanded a ransom for her release.

“We heard my sister crying, but they would not have further discussions with the family.

“Further probe to ascertain what went wrong and what the demands are were unsuccessful as the kidnappers cut the calls and subsequently switched off the phone as we made several attempts to reach and engage them.

“We did not hear anything again from the supposed kidnappers until this morning when we had the call that she had been sighted at Axim.

“She was found without the baby. And we hope she regains her voice to be able to tell us what happened because she was fully pregnant and was almost due before she went missing,” Mr Essien said.