Selamneh Techane, man found in Fredericton attic, heading home

The brother of a man whose body was found hidden in a Fredericton attic is in town to take his brother’s body back to Ethiopia.

Selamneh Techane, of Ethiopia, seemed to disappear about five years ago, according to his friend, Jennifer Zilliac. (Facebook)
Selamneh Techane, of Ethiopia, seemed to disappear about five years ago, according to his friend, Jennifer Zilliac. (Facebook)

“After five years, he don’t deserve this,” said Dereje Techane.
Dereje came to Fredericton from Nashville. His brother, Selamneh Techane, was found last month.
Selamneh’s body was apparently hidden for five years in the attic above the apartment where he lived. Some tenants say there had been a bad smell in the apartment since then, but nothing to indicate it was a body.
The remains were found last month when a fire broke out in a neighbouring apartment.
The New Brunswick Coroner Service says the case remains open, but that foul play is not suspected.
Dereje disputes that assessment.
Just before he disappeared, Selamneh’s marriage had broken down.
Fredericton resident Alex Bedane was a friend of Selamneh’s and says he was planning to leave, but it wasn’t like Selamneh to leave without saying goodbye.
Bedane says his room was very clean and there was a bag on the bed packed for a trip. There also wasn’t any ladder or furniture left beneath the attic hatch.
Dereje has not yet told his mother about Selamneh’s death and will only do so once he brings the body back to Ethiopia.
Dereje thinks it will cost $15,000 to send the body home. An online fundraising campaign has raised about $2,400 so far.
Source: CBC Canada

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