The Ghana Police Service has announced that the DNA tests conducted on some skeletons retrieved in August in the Western region have proven positive to be that of the four missing Takoradi girls.
The Acting Inspector General of the Police, James Oppong-Boanuh told journalists in Accra Monday evening.
TV3’s Peter Quao Adattor who was monitoring event at the police headquarters in Accra said the police said the families of the victims have already been informed about the development.
Prior to the announcement, Peter said the police hierarchy were locked up in a marathon meeting running into hours on Monday.
The girls – Priscilla Blessing Bentum, 21; Ruth Love Quayson, 18; Priscilla Mantebea Koranchie,18; and Ruth Abakah, 19; – went missing between July and December 2018.
The remains of three of the girls were found in a cesspit tank at Kansaworodo near the home of Samuel Uduatuk Wills the prime suspect on August 2, while the fourth in a well at Nkroful on August 6.
Mr. James Oppong-Boanuh said: “A few minutes ago, officers of the Ghana Police Service informed four (4) families in Takoradi in the Western Region of Ghana that DNA tests conducted on some human remains discovered in the course of Police investigations into the disappearance of four (4) missing girls have turned positive as the remains of the girls.
“The Ghana Police Service has, with regret, therefore informed the families that the remains are those of Ruth Abaka, Priscilla Blessing Bentum, Ruth Love Quayson, and Priscilla Kuranchie.
“Investigations now establish that the girls were victims of a serial kidnapping and murdering syndicate that operated in the Takoradi area.”
Though the Acting IGP regretted the inability of the police to rescue the girl, “we believe that the arrest of the culprits has effectively thwarted the ability of this syndicate to have contued with further kidnappings and murder”.