Resucue Ops Still On For Castro, Janet

JanetThe whereabouts of the bodies of renowned hiplife musician, Castro, and a female companion, who went missing while jet skiing on the Volta Lake at Ada on Sunday, remains unknown as an intensified search by the Marine Police and the Ghana Air Force proved futile.

The search party, led by the Marine police team, using a yacht, an Air-Force team using a helicopter, and assisted by local town folks, combed the estuary for the bodies of Castro, known in real life as Theophilus Tagoe, 32, and his friend, Janet Bandu, 24, who are feared to have drowned in the lake on Sunday afternoon.

Amidst increasing anxiety, yesterday’s unsuccessful search resulted in fading hope of possibly finding the two alive.

There were earlier reports that some villagers discovered a body somewhere near Keta which many suspected to be Castro, prompting the search party to divert attention to the place but nothing was found.

The search party has been concentrating its attention on the estuary, off the coast where a white man claimed he saw the two before they went missing.

As at the time of going to press yesterday, the search was ongoing.

DCOP Beatrice Zakpa Vib-Sanziri, the Tema Regional Police Commander, told The Ghanaian Times at the scene yesterday that the search would continue until the bodies were found.

The whole of yesterday, anxious relatives, friends and associates of the two flocked the scene at the Peace Holiday at Ada from where the two joined the boat, praying for some good news.

The two had gone to the resort with a number of friends including Black Stars’ Captain, Asamoah Gyan, for a party.

The anxieties of the relatives and friends heightened anytime the marine police yacht and the canoes of some local were sighted leading towards the shore. But Their hopes were dashed many times as the boats returned empty.

Things took a different dimension when Mallam Dzitah from Nsawam in the Eastern Region, claiming to be a spiritualist showed up at the Aqua Safari Resort with a mirror claiming he could help the situation.

According to him, he could see Castro, who he claimed was with a certain mermaid “Maame Water” from India, under the water.

He further claimed that the mermaid had no intention of harming him since she desired marrying him because she had been enjoying his music.

Mallam Dzitah said the intention was initially to take both Asamoah Gyan, the Black Stars Captain who collaborated with Castro to sing.

Meanwhile, the family of Janet, a student of Joyce Ababio College of Creative Designs, has been thrown into a state of devastation, reports Edem Mensah-Tsotorme.

The family, says it was shocked at the news of the disappearance of Janet, 24 and Castro.Laudina Awuni, a cousin of Janet’s, in a telephone conversation with The Ghanaian Times yesterday, said Janet informed the mother, Lariba Bandu, on Thursday that she embarking on a trip with her friends but did not state when she would be returning.

She said her mother called her on Saturday to check on her, during which Janet indicated that she would be returning on Sunday.

In view of that information, Laudina said the mother was anticipating Janet’s return that day “until we were hit with the sad news.”

She added that when they heard of Castro’s incident they did not know Janet was the lady said to have drowned with him until pictures of her started popping up on the social media.

Laudina said they initially disbelieved the news on social media, so they called Janet’s phone to verify but there was no response.

She told Ghanaian Times that the family had dispatched a delegation to Ada Foah, where the incident occurred to ascertain the truth or otherwise of the news.

Janet lived with the parents at Kasoa in the Central Region. She is an indigene of Baare,near Tongo in the Talensi District of the Upper East Region but was born and raised in Burma Camp in Accra.  From Dzifa Emma Tetteh, Ada.


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