A 21-year-old American national, was found dead in a hostel in Entebbe.
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).
Police say that the deceased was on treatment for depression.
“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,” says the Kampala Metropolitan police spokesperson, Luke Owoyesigire in a written statement.
The police spokesperson added that a suicide case has been opened up at Entebbe Police Station.
Crow reportedly had a history of depression and taking drugs, and that he took a lot of alcohol on the eve of his death.
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.
When asked about the claims, the assistant CID officer at Entebbe Police Station, Richard Anvuko, said: “We are still receiving information to clarify and back up those claims of alcoholism and depression.”
UWEC spokesperson Isaac Mujaasi said the deceased was in a jovial mood and shared light moments with a friend in the centre’s restaurant on the eve of his death.
The burden of depression and other mental health conditions is on the rise globally. A World Health Assembly resolution passed in May 2013 called for a comprehensive, coordinated response to mental disorders at country level.
Source: www.mknewslink.com a greater western Uganda news website