Investigators from the Liberia National Police, headed by Senior Inspector Patrick T. Sudue recently uncovered the skeletal remains of the motorcyclist who was reported missing in July 2015.
Inspector Sudue told the Daily Observer that during the interrogation of murder suspect Bill Lawrence, who was recently linked to the killing of another motorcyclist on September 30, he confessed his involvement in the cyclist’s death, saying he sold the victims’ motorbikes.
According to Inspector Sudue, the culprit confessed that whenever he and unnamed friends were in need of money, they would get on a bike and ask the cyclist to take them home. It is then that they would eventually kill the cyclist and later sell the bike.
“The suspect said they are three in number carrying out the deadly operation, but one of them (Decent Boy) was killed by angry mobs during the recent riot in Ganta,” he said.
He said during his interrogation Lawrence confessed to hiring a motorcyclist on the night of July 26 and directed the cyclist to the Methodist Field (the same area where they did the recent killing) and then clubbed him to death.
He said the body was disposed of in a pool of water and covered with leaves. They then sold the murdered cyclist’s motorbike for US$450.
“After the confession,” said Inspector Sudue, “the culprit showed us the area where the body was deposited; and when we went there, we discovered a skeleton that was later identified as Prince Washington’s by his T-Shirt.”
According to the officer, the late Prince Washington’s parents have been in search of him since July and reported him missing, but documents bearing the record of him being missing were destroyed during the ransacking of the police station in September.
The police quoted the family as saying: “After we searched for Prince and could not find him, we thought that he had sold the motorbike and fled to Grand Gedeh gold field.”
The wave of motorcyclists’ killings intensified in September when two bodies were discovered in one week in Ganta and nearby Blohn.
Bill Lawrence was picked up by rioters on September 30 and during the rioting which left properties belonging to businessman Prince Howard destroyed, and his house set ablaze. A police station and the local office of the Drug Enforcement Agency were also vandalized.