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DNA Results Confirm Recovered Remains in Lira Are For Missing 4-Year-Old Girl

In April Akello went missing from Dilish Adero, her mother at Timber Yard in Lira City East Division. She was last spotted moving with a stranger from a restaurant within the same area.
The late Elizabeth Akello

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DNA tests on the remains that were recovered in Lira indicate they are of a 4-year-old girl who went missing.

In April Elizabeth Akello went missing from Dilish Adero, her mother at Timber Yard in Lira City East Division. She was last spotted moving with a stranger from a restaurant within the same area.

Police launched an investigation into the matter and two suspects were arrested to aid with the investigation. They later appeared before the Grade One magistrate's court and were remanded to Lira Government Prison.

It is alleged that the prime suspect Kenneth Opio took advantage when the child was playing outside the restaurant and enticed her with edibles before disappearing with her.

Weeks later traders under the leadership of chairman timber yard Moris Acobo stormed Lira Central police station protesting what they said was apparent disinterest to find the missing child.

Two months later, a decomposing body was discovered by a group of children fetching firewood a few kilometres from where Akello went missing.

Adero approached Lira Central Police Station with a piece of cloth similar to the one on the decomposing body and informed the police that the body was for her child.  The police then took samples of the remains and those of Adero and subjected them to a DNA test.  

Jimmy Patrick Okema, the North Kyoga Police Spokesperson says that they received the DNA results from the Government Analytical Laboratory in Kampala confirming that the remains are for Akello.

He says that the police is planning to handover the remains to Akello's family.

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Adero says that the trial of the suspects should be expedited.

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