Seeing Engehalde Dam first hand, where Eril’s body was found – It was still early morning when I arrived at the banks of the Aare River, Bern on Friday (10/9). Around 8.30 Swiss time. The air is relatively cold to 8 degrees Celsius. The river water that divides the Swiss capital looks blue with fairly swift ripples.

No one’s swimming yet even though it’s summer in Switzerland. Besides being cold, it was still morning. Maybe many Bern residents are still busy with their daily activities. Work, school, or still sleeping.

However, that does not mean there is no activity at all. On the path that runs along the banks of the Aare river, you can see people running. Enjoying the morning while looking for sweat.

Across the river lies a fairly large road. Enough for two buses to pass. That street is Engehaldenstrasse. On the way to the headwaters of the Aare river, you will find a dam. Engehalde Dam or in German called Stauwehr Engehalde.

The dam divides the Aare river. In the center is a walking path and a bicycle link between Engehaldenstrasse and Wehrweg. The swift current of the Aare river hits the dam wall.

At the bottom of the dam, the body of the eldest son of the Governor of West Java Ridwan Kamil, Emmeril Kahn Mumtadz (Eril) was found on Wednesday morning (8/6). Local police and maritime police found him on Wednesday morning at 06.50 local time. “Then, when brought to the mainland, it was confirmed that the body found was lifeless,” said an official statement from the Swiss Authority quoted on the official website of the Swiss Police.

The news of Eril’s discovery apparently also attracted the attention of local residents. Seen from the news in a number of local media. “Yes, I know about the discovery. We are relieved to finally be found, even though he is already dead,” said Karsten Scheneller, a local resident who was resting after jogging on the banks of the Aare river.

This dam is part of the Felsenau power plant. The volume of water as much as 100 cubic meters per second flows through the Engehalde Dam. The power plant and dam have been in operation since November 6, 1909. (*)