Slain American’s Body Flown Home, …4 Nabbed; Prime Suspect Still At Large
By: I. Solo Kelgbeh
Posted June 3, 2004
The mortal remains of the slain American, John Auffrey, has been flown back to the United States of America, where an autopsy is expected to be performed on the body.
During UNMIL’s regular weekly briefing yesterday, Liberia National Police director, Col. Chris Massaquoi said the body was flown to the USA early this week for an autopsy and subsequent burial.
The late John Auffrey, 44, was gruesomely murdered at the Mamba Point Hotel in Monrovia in the early morning of May 31, 2004. The deceased was reportedly murdered in his hotel room #12. The American was a senior member of a US military assessment team which had come in the country to commence the process of the restructuring of the Armed Forces of Liberia (AFL).
Emmanuel Mulbah alias “Boye T. Moore” was named as the prime suspect of the murder. Others accused as suspects of the uncivilized act are Charles Thomas, 27; Jeff Williams alias “Fuji”, 20 and Mascara Kenneh.
Addressing newsmen on the situation surrounding any arrest, Dir. Massaquoi indicated that all of the suspects have been apprehended except for the prime suspect, Emmanuel Mulbah. He also mentioned that 50 persons were called in for questioning.
The police director revealed that the arrested suspects have all confessed. He did not however say what confession was made neither did he say what their motives were for the act.
Dir. Massaquoi said although the main suspect has a lot of
followers which is making it difficult to get him, his officers along with
UNMIL’s CIVPOL officers are closing in on him.
He reiterated that three police officers were dismissed and disrobed for their alleged connection with Emmanuel Mulbah. He said suspect Mulbah is smart and intelligent but his days are numbered.
Continuing, Dir. Massaquoi pointed out the dismissed officers have been in contact with the suspects and other criminals for nearly 19 years. He said they have been bent on links aimed at aiding criminals to evade justice.
Concluding in his smartly dressed police uniform, Dir. Massquoi appealed to the public to make available whatever
Information that would lead to the arrest of the prime suspect saying “he is dangerous.”