A contractor working with Newmont Goldcorp Ghana, was found dead after a confrontation with illegal artisanal miners on the Ahafo mine property, Thursday, July 25.

The deceased, name withheld, was reported missing earlier on the day. Four other security guards who were injured during the confrontation have received medical treatment.

Following an extensive search operation, the victim’s body was discovered in the Ahafo mine’s mining area and recovered late Friday, 26 July. 

Confirming the report, the company in a statement said it had worked closely with police and other stakeholders to locate the missing security contractor. 

“Newmont Goldcorp Ghana and our nearby communities are grieving in the wake of this tragic loss of life,” said Kwame Addo-Kufuor, Acting Regional Senior Vice President of Newmont Goldcorp’s Africa Operations. 

Mr. Addo-Kufuor added: “We are supporting our security provider in its efforts to assist the injured as well as the family of the deceased.” 

Meanwhile, the company said they are assisting the Police to conduct thorough investigations to understand the circumstances that led to the disappearance and death. 

“Operations are continuing as normal. We will continue working with other stakeholders to ensure the safety of the people working at our operations. The Company will provide updates as appropriate.”