Death of Gabonese University Woman in Karabuk: 5 Detained

In the investigation regarding the death of Gabonese national Jeannah Danys Dinabongho Ibouanga (17), whose lifeless body was found in Filyos Stream in Karabuk, 5 people, 2 of them foreign nationals, were detained. It was learned that Dinabongho’s phone had abusive messages offering sex for money.

Police, gendarmerie, health and AFAD teams were dispatched to the region after the train mechanic saw the person lying motionless on 26 March in the Yeşilköy location of Filyos Stream. It was determined that the body found in the creek belonged to Gabon national Jeannah Danys Dinabongho Ibouanga, a mechanical engineering preparatory class student at Karabuk University. Dinabongho’s dead body was taken to the morgue of Karabuk Training and Research Hospital for autopsy.

While the investigation into the incident was ongoing, the Office of the Chief Public Prosecutor made a statement on March 27, “As a result of the autopsy, no evidence of sexual assault was found in the preliminary report, no sharp object injuries, no gunshot wounds were detected, and the death occurred in the form of drowning in water, It was understood that the death event did not occur before entering the Filyos Stream.

Dinabongho’s clothes and phone were examined. Foreign students marched at Karabuk University saying ‘Justice for Dina’. With the decision taken by the Criminal Court of Peace upon the application of the Office of the Chief Prosecutor, lawyer Kerim Bahadır Şeker, who represents the Ankara Embassy of the Republic of Gabon, was restricted from taking samples from the file and examining the file.


Continuing the investigation, the gendarmerie and police teams examined the security cameras on the road route to the forest. During a week-long investigation, the teams determined that 6 people, including Dinabongho, went to the forest by car. In the operations organized jointly by the gendarmerie and the police this morning, S.Ç., İ.Ç., Y.Y. and 2 foreign nationals, a total of 5 people were detained. The suspects’ homes were also searched.

Bruises on Her body, Harassing Messages on the Phone

According to the preliminary autopsy report, it was stated that Dinabongho, who did not have any cutting, piercing or gunshot wounds, had small bruises on the neck and kidney areas.

On the other hand, it was claimed that the girl was harassed in writing by the people she talked to for help while she was trying to send her old phone to Gabon because she bought a new phone. It was learned that there were messages from people who said they would help Dinabongho, who had to send the phone to Istanbul first, offering him sexual intercourse for money.

Ece Nagihan

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