Odell Sherman Case: Police, Families at Loggerhead Over Autopsy

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Monrovia – The Ministry of Justice and Liberia National Police have given the family of Odell Sherman one week to bring into the country its own pathologist to examine the body of the late 21-year-old student.


Report by Bettie K. Johnson-Mbayo, [email protected]


On Tuesday of this week Liberian pathologist, Dr. Benedict Kolee was expected to conduct the autopsy on Odell’s body but her families requested the government to postpone the autopsy until their pathologist arrived from the U.S.

The deceased was unconsciously discovered at Rev. Emmanuel Giddings’ home in Duazohn, Margibi County on May 21, 2019, and was later pronounced dead at the ELWA hospital.

The autopsy is expected to establish the cause of death as the current death certificate produced by ELWA hospital is sparking “confusion”, the police said.

The police disclosed that swap was taken by investigators but is it yet to establish the cause of death.

The body of the deceased is currently at the St. Moses Funeral Parlor.

Police said they are worried about freezing compartment to keep the body for over a month, which will be a slim chance for a successful autopsy.

Police said they have spoken with many persons of interest and were released to their lawyers but statements taken have not shown any link to the incident.

Rev. Giddings has since been declared a “person of interest” by the police although he has not been officially charged.

There were seven persons undergoing investigation including Rev. Giddings, and a man identified as Abraham, who reportedly helped to put the unconscious Odell in a vehicle to be taken to hospital.

The death certificate seen by FrontPageAfrica mentioned bleeding from the ear, which according to the certificate, suggests that she either died as a result of sexual abuse or from falling, something the Police said is confusing and might only be established by pathologists who will determine the main cause of death.

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