Dead bodies spark serial killer fears

2009-10-10 00:00

TWO decomposing bodies have been found by construction workers in sugarcane fields in Verulam, north of Durban, prompting fears that a serial killer could be on the loose.

Police are now combing the area for more bodies. They are also appealing to the public to come forward about information about missing family and friends.

The two bodies that were found have not been identified at this stage.

On Wednesday, a construction worker alerted police and members of Reaction Unit South Africa (RUSA), a private security company, about a body lying in the field.

Police launched a search and found a burnt body in the sugar cane fields near the new King Shaka airport.

Prem Balaram from RUSA said the body had been wrapped in a carpet before it was set alight. The victim’s head had been reduced to ashes.

The age and sex of the victims has not been established.

Balaram said that a pair of dentures, a pen and what is believed to be a long animal bone was found near the body.

“The victim was wearing black pants, a belt and socks. The victim’s ribs and chest cavity were visible,” he said.

On Thursday, RUSA security guards were called by a frantic man saying that he had just spotted body a found lying in a dried river bed near Canelands.

“We searched the area and found the body. The victim’s legs were embedded in thick mud and he was found slumped over,” he said.

He said that the victim was covered in blood and that his pants had been pulled down.

“It was quite a gruesome sight. The victim had been stabbed several times and must have died an excruciating death,” he said.

 

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