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Cameroon security forces and rescue officials in the Center region who for 3 days have been searching for missing Roman Catholic Bishop of Bafia, Jean Marie Balla Benoit, have found his body in river sanaga.
His body was retrieved from the waters by midday Friday June 2, 2017, by some 14 fishermen and Marine forces, and has been deposited at the Yaounde general hospital mortuary.
Bishop Jean Marie Balla was declared missing on Tuesday 30 May, 2017, but his land cruiser jeep with registration plate number CE 9503V was found on the Ebebda bridge on Wednesday afternoon about 90km from Yaounde, with a note in the car, his ID card, driving license and car documents.
The handwritten note on the letter head of the diocese simply read “Je suis dans l’eau”, loosely translated into English as “I am in the water”.
The note found in the bishop’s car suggested he jumped into the river” and committed suicide by drowning, as no damage was done to his car which could indicate there was violence.
At the moment, no one knows for certain whether the bishop actually committed suicide or was killed, but law enforcement officers have opened investigation to determine the actual cause of his death.
It is really a difficult moment for the people of Cameroon and the Roman Catholic Church in particular.
May his soul rest in peace