Woman’s body still to be identified

2008-01-24 00:00

Mystery still surrounds a woman found dead on a city soccer field, stripped half-naked with her hands bound with wire behind her back.

The body is still lying unidentified in the state morgue. Police have said they are working around the clock to find anyone who can identify the woman. The description of the woman, as given by the police, has not painted a clear picture of the woman for people who might have known her.

The police are using the missing persons’ list to link the body to families who recently reported the disappearance of a loved one. However, none of these families have claimed the body.

Failure to find relatives of the woman is delaying the investigation of the murder.

If no one comes forward and claims the body, it is likely that the woman will receive a pauper’s burial like so many other unidentified bodies.

The body was found lying next to a goalpost in Princess Margaret Drive, next to the Harry Gwala Stadium. She was wearing white underwear and a pink T-shirt.

Apparently, two people — a schoolchild and a man out for a run — saw the body when they went past the area on Monday morning. They both reported it to the police.

Police are appealing to anyone with information that will assist in their investigation to contact Senior Superintendent Chris Wiles of the Alexandra Road Detective Services on 033 845 7724 or on his cell on 082 411 6559. Anyone who wishes to remain anonymous can call Crime Stop on 0860010111 toll-free.

sandilez@witness.co.za

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