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American mysteriously found dead at Sanyang

Nov 15, 2019, 1:43 PM | Article By: Yusupha Jobe

A 28-year-old American citizen, Dylan Davis Ward, was on Wednesday 13 November 2019 found dead by police on a hammock at a private MRC research complex in Sanyang Howba, Kombo South.

The deceased who is believed to have come from the state of Arizona in United States of America, resided in the coastal village of Sanyang for about 8 months. He was found dead on a hammock at 5 p.m., while resting at a private residence near the sea, according to people familiar with the matter.

Abdou Jatta, a watchman at the Medical Research Center (MRC) private complex at Sanyang said he was coming from the bush when he saw a man lying dead, and as he approached him, he realised he was a white man.

 “I decided to call the VDC and inform them of the incident who then informed the police and the CID office at Sanyang.”

“I used to see him around this area with a guitar in his hands. The only time we had a conversation was when I met him, as he was on a hammock and was complaining of having malaria. I advised him to go to the hospital. But since then we never met,” he said.

He added that the deceased was not staying in a compound, saying that he only stayed alone and slept outside in an open space on a hammock whenever he wanted to have a rest or sleep.

“I had never saw him staying in a compound. The only place he slept was on a hammock in an outside space with a guitar always beside him.”

The police spokesperson, ASP Lamin Njie confirmed the story to The Point, indicated that police have received the report to investigate the matter surrounding the circumstances of his death.      

The deceased was later taken to Edward Francis Small Teaching Hospital EFSTH in Banjul for a postmortem.