Police probe suspicious death near Geneva dam

Geneva cantonal police have issued an appeal for help from the public after identifying an Albanian man who was fished out of the Rhone River near a hydroelectric dam last month.

Police probe suspicious death near Geneva dam
Photo: Geneva cantonal police

After a month of criminal investigations, police are still trying to piece together what happened to the 26-year-old man, whose body was pulled from the water near the Verbois dam, west of the city of Geneva.

In a statement, police said the victim’s name was Arsen Memaj, although he was also known by the name Emaj Ermal.

He was 1.72 centimetres tall and when discovered he was wearing a dark, hooded fleece jacket, blue jeans and “Landrover” ankle boots.

Police believe the man died several weeks before his body was found near the dam under circumstances “which have yet to be established”.

A bridge across the dam links the wine-making village of Russin with the community of Aire-la-Ville.

Police are looking to find out where the man lived and what people he knew in the area in the hope of shedding light on what happened.

The force issued a photo of the man, unshaven, with short hair, wearing a dark t-shirt and a hooded jacket.  

The 20 Minutes newspaper reported online that, according its information, the body was found with feet and hands tied.

This information has not been confirmed.

But police say they are not ruling anything out at this point.

Anyone with information about the victim is asked to contact police on 022 427 72 40.  

Member comments

Log in here to leave a comment.
Become a Member to leave a comment.


Thieves ram car into Geneva watch boutique

Thieves rammed a car into the door of high-end watch company Zenith's store in the heart of Geneva Thursday and cleared out its display cases, the Swiss firm said.

Thieves ram car into Geneva watch boutique
Zenith watch boutique before the break-in. Photo: Zenith

Zenith, which belongs to French luxury conglomerate LVMH, said that the door of its boutique on Geneva's upscale Rue du Rhone was thought to have been rammed by a car shortly after 5am.

The thieves abandoned the car used to penetrate the store, a Renault Mégane stolen in Geneva, the Tribune de Genève reported.

Zenith spokeswoman Maud Tiberti told AFP that the thieves made off with 30 watches, but could not immediately provide a value for the haul.
The loss of the watches, coupled with the damage to the store, totalled one 
million francs ($1.1 million), she said.
Zenith opened the boutique in the chic shopping area in December 2011.