No leads in murders of girls

2008-04-15 00:00

THE gruesome discovery of the bodies of two teenagers dumped in the Azalea Cemetery over the weekend has not only baffled local residents, but has failed to produce any leads for police, who were yesterday still trying to piece together the events that led to the girls’ murders.

The victims, who are estimated to be between the ages of 16 and 17, were discovered by two Willowfountain herdsmen who were driving cattle to grazing land near the cemetery at about 8 am.

When contacted yesterday afternoon, investigating officer Superintendent Boy Mlangeni of the Serious and Violent Crime Task Team at the Plessislaer Police Station, said he was still trying to establish the identities of the girls.

The herdsmen found the girls’ bodies lying close to each other next to a grave. One of the bodies was lying with its head on top of the grave and had what looked like a knife wound to the neck. The other one was lying face down. Both had bloodstains on their heads.

“As I was chasing one of the cattle on the other side of the cemetery, I received a call from my companion, calling me to see the bodies. When I got there, I was shocked. We ran to call Mncwabe [who works at the cemetery] and also called other people. They then called the police,” said herdsman Sizwe Mthembu.

Police have established that the victims were shot several times in their heads and bodies. One of them was of medium build, with short hair and a dark complexion. She was wearing blue jeans, a yellow T-shirt, a grey jacket and blue Crocs shoes. The other victim was of slender build, fairer in complexion, with hair braided “snoopy style”. She was wearing blue jeans, a red and white long-sleeved sweater and sandals.

“We called as many people as possible to see the bodies, thinking that someone might be able to identify them. It seems that they are not from the area because no one knew them,” said Thembinkosi Mncwabe, the grave digger at the cemetery.

Mncwabe said he and his colleagues are concerned about the overgrown grass, and also the fact that the cemetery is not fenced.

“My supervisor has been raising the issue with the Msunduzi Municipality of cleaning and fencing the cemetery.”

A partially decomposed body was discovered by young soccer players at the Sinamuva Primary School playground, which is about five kilometres away, last month.

Anyone who thinks they may know who the girls are is asked to phone Mlangeni at 033 396 9756 or 082 558 1381, or CrimeStop 0866 10111.

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