Search For Castro Not Over — Police

COP Prosper Agblor(middle)addressing the media.With him are DCOP Beatrice Zanzin (right)and DCOP David Ampah-Benin Photo,Anita Nyarko.The Police Administration says it has not abandoned the search for Hip-life musician, Theophilus Tagoe, alias Castro 32, and his friend,  Janet Bandu, 24, who went missing on July 6, this year, while jet skiing at the Ada Estuary, in the Greater Accra Region.

Consequently, they have asked the public to provide relevant information to the police to aid their search for the two missing people.

The Director-General of the Criminal Investigations Department (CID), Commissioner of Police (COP) Prosper Kwame Agblor, said this at a press briefing in Accra, adding that the search was ongoing.

Present at the meeting were the Tema Regional Police Commander, Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCOP) Beatrice Vib San Ziri, DCOP David Ampah-Benin, Director of Public Affairs, and Assistant Superintendent of Police, Kombla Foster Kotoku, Tema Marine Operations Officer.

“For now, the police are treating them as missing until they are found either alive or dead,” he stated. Mr Agblor said the Evidence Decree of 1975, NRCD 323, Section 33, stipulated that people missing could not be said to be dead until after seven years.

COP Agblor said as part of its search, the Police Administration was in contact with neighbouring countries through the International Police Organisation (INTERPOL) to alert it if any unknown persons matching the descriptions of Castro and Janet were found within their borders.

“We have also asked them to inform us when unknown dead bodies are found.”

COP Agblor said Asamoah Gyan, the Black Stars captain and his entourage, as well as managements of Aqua Safari and Peace Holiday Resort were assisting the police in their investigation.

COP Agblor said the investigation had revealed that the jet ski which was retrieved, was handed over to the marine engineers for forensic examination, and the report stated that the general condition of the jet ski was very good.

He urged the public to channel all enquiries and requests, for information regarding the matter to the police.

COP Agblor said the Police Administration had met operators of various beach resorts along the Ada Basin, and advised them to produce buoyancy aids such as floating devices, to demarcate safety and danger zones in their areas of operation.

“They have also been advised to constantly monitor the tracking devices to their jet skis in order to immediately track the movement of clients who might be in danger, for response,” he added.

It would be recalled that Castro disappeared mysteriously with Janet about three months ago, during a jet ski ride at the Aqua Safari Beach Resort.

By Anita Nyarko

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