Police in Gbarnga, Bong County have charged a 32-year old man identified as Alvin Morris alias “Oldman” with murder and rape of an 11 year old girl identified as Little Darling Garpue.
Darling Garpue went missing on January 15. Her decomposed body was discovered on Wednesday January 21 in the Jor Creek near a village called Cooper Town, an hour’s drive from Gbarnga, where the girl was living when she disappeared.
Speaking to the Daily Observer in Gbarnga over the weekend, the Commander of the Crime Services Division (CSD) of the Bong County Police Detachment, Inspector Alvin James, said from the police investigation and observation, it was established that the private parts of the girl, the right breast, her tongue and the left eye were all missing.
Inspector James informed this newspaper that suspect Alvin Morris has denied any involvement in the killing of the girl. But preliminary testimonies from witnesses have linked the suspect to the commission of crimes.
The local CSD Commander disclosed that from the investigation it was established that the girl was raped before she was killed.
Inspector James told this reporter that one witness told the police that suspect Morris kept the little girl in a local video club in their Plum Valley Community for more than nine hours and later sent another person to call the girl when it was already dark.
Another witness told the police that Oldman was the last person to interact with the girl before she was raped and murdered.
A third witness said suspect Alvin Morris’ girlfriend, whose name was not disclosed, sent the victim to deliver her boyfriend’s food to their room but Darling Garpue did not return.
Information gathered by this newspaper revealed that suspect Morris and his girlfriend are renting the house of the deceased’s family in Gbarnga.
According to information gathered, little Darling was living with her biological mother in Monrovia, but she was sent to Gbarnga to her grandmother to spend time during the health crisis and there she met her untimely death on January 21.
Suspect Morris has denied any involvement in the killing of the girl but he has been charged and sent to court for prosecution.
Meanwhile, family members of the deceased and some residents of Gbarnga who spoke with this reporter are appealing to the Judiciary and the Government of Liberia (GOL) for a fair and speedy trial into the murder Darling. Family members of the deceased have vowed to carry out a sit in action until a speedy trial of the case commences.
The residents are also calling on the National Legislature to enact laws that will ensure harsh punishment for people who are involved in raping minors.
The residents claimed the girl was ritualistically killed and are also pleading with court authorities for a fair and speedy trial into the death of the girl.
At the same time, Inspector James is appealing to the public to assist the police with additional information that could lead to the prosecution of suspect Morris.