Cops comb sugar cane fields in search of bodies

2014-09-08 00:00

POLICE continue their search for bodies buried in sugar cane fields near Ballito after a church confession led cops to the killing fields.

A crisis of conscience led a man to confess to two murders to a clergyman, who then called in police.

The hunt is now on for human remains in a unexpected twist in cases that went cold.

While in detention, detectives continue to press the church confessor on more details that may reveal the whereabouts of the buried bodies.

In the hills of Ndwedwe police have started a fresh hunt for two men who have been missing for years.

Sources close to the investigation said that the confession had prompted the search, which started last week and has so far been unsuccessful.

“We excavated a section of storm drain which had been filled with sand and throughout the large area we were unable to locate any remains. We had some hope when a small bone fragment was found but it has now been confirmed not to be human,” a source said.

It is understood that when he cleared his conscience, the man said a dispute over money had led to one of the slayings.

“There was a fight over money and a man who went missing in 2010 was killed. There was construction on a drainage system at the time and we were told that the body was buried in a trench and then covered up,” the source said.

Crime scene experts on Wednesday descended on the quiet field and with the help of sniffer dogs and Police Search and Rescue Unit officers began their subterranean search.

Considering the age of the human remains, specialist cadaver dogs were unable to positively locate the burial sites.

“We are going back to the source of the information and when we know more about where these men were buried, we will return to the site,” a source added.

When remains are eventually uncovered, police forensic experts will use DNA and facial reconstruction technology to try and link people reported missing.

• jeff.wicks@witness.co.za

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