The body of James Larkin Crow, a resident of Texas in the U.S.A was on Thursday morning found hanging from the staircase rail leading up to the entrance of the hostel building located at Uganda Wildlife Education Centre (UWEC).
According to reports by police, the deceased was suffering from depression and was on treatment by the time of his tragic death.
“Close friends and relatives to the deceased told the detectives that he was depressed and was on medication which confirmed the school records that indicated the child had some anger issues related to his parents’ divorce two years back,” reads part of the statement by Kampala Metropolitan police spokesperson, Luke Owoyesigire.
Whisper Eye, an online publication, reported yesterday that the deceased’s parents allowed him to stay in Uganda and train as a volunteer animal caretaker because he was living a solitary life while in the US.
However, the assistant CID officer at Entebbe Police Station, Mr Richard Anvuko, said that they are still investigating the claims of depression.
UWEC spokesperson Isaac Mujaasi said the deceased was in a good mood and showed no signs of depression with a friend in the centre’s restaurant on the eve of his death.
“We left [the restaurant] and he also left for his room until [yesterday] when we found him hanging; it is possible that he might have hanged himself in the night,” he said. The body was taken to Mulago hospital for autopsy.