Grisly find: Howick Falls bushes hide man’s body

2011-07-09 00:00

A HOWICK man on the trail of bush pigs stumbled across a decomposing body at the Howick Falls that was airlifted out by helicopter yesterday.

Michael Combrinck, who is cataloguing wild animals in the area, said that on Thursday afternoon he was following some bush pigs in dense bush when he stumbled on the body.

The police could not retrieve the body from the steep and bushy area and yesterday summoned a search and rescue helicopter from Durban.

Warrant Officer Michael Bennett of the SAPS search and rescue unit said the body was that of an African man.

“We suspect that the body has been lying down there for at least the past two weeks because of the state of decomposition.”

Bennett said they do not believe the man fell down the cliff, because trees and rocks would have stopped him rolling. He said they do not suspect foul play, but will wait for the autopsy report to pinpoint the cause of death.

He said a possible explanation from locals was that at times homeless people sleep there.

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