According to police, Josephine Panyin Mensah, the Takoradi woman who allegedly went missing before being found, was never pregnant, as her family claimed.
According to a police statement issued on Thursday, September 23, 2021, a thorough medical examination by doctors at the Axim Government Hospital revealed that the missing woman “was never pregnant during the period under review.”
As a result of this development, police are now treating the woman, who was reported missing on September 16, as a suspect in the case.
Josephine’s family stated that she had lost the baby during the time she was missing after she was discovered at Axim on September 21.
“She may have conspired with other persons over her possible planned disappearance,” police added.
Following this development, three people have been arrested for further questioning on possible conspiracy charges.
According to police, Josephine stated that she went to the European Hospital in Takoradi for antenatal checks and assessments.
However, medical records at the facility indicate that the lady visited the hospital without being pregnant in October 2020.
The police conclusion follows a similar claim made by the Western Regional Minister, which sparked controversy.
Kwabena Okyere Darko-Mensah, the Minister, stated that his information was based on a preliminary security report he received from the National Intelligence Bureau (NIB).
However, Josephine’s husband, Michael Simmons, insisted that his wife was pregnant.
The police also raised concern with the incidence of staged kidnappings in the Western Region “where people conspire to create “self-kidnapping” incidents to make money out of ransoms.”
“A team with support from the National Headquarters has been put together to quell this emerging crime in the Western Region.”