Mystery over missing child still unresolved

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Police are still to ascertain if the remains of a child found near the City Sports Centre last month are those of three-year-old Given Matapure who went missing in August.

Given disappeared during the Harare Agricultural Show at Exhibition Park.

Harare police spokesperson James Sabau yesterday said pathologists were trying to compare DNA from the remains to those of Given’s parents.

“The pathologists are still working, so we do not have the results as yet,” Sabau said.

“They might be overwhelmed with work and we are not able to give a timeframe as to when the results will be ready.”

Health and Child Welfare deputy minister Douglas Mombeshora: “We have less than 20 pathologists throughout the country who are all now restricted to central hospitals.”

“They are overwhelmed by work and are finding it hard to cope.

“We would train about four of them annually, but then most of them left the country when the economic situation declined.”

Given’s father, Onward, said they were anxious to get the DNA results so there could be closure to the matter.

“When the skeletal remains of a child were found in November at Harare Exhibition Park, we were asked to go for a DNA test to try and ascertain whether the remains would match those of Given,” Onward said.

According to pathologists, positive identification is important before concluding whose remains were found.