Headless body found in Orange River

By Drum Digital
04 January 2013

The decomposing, decapitated body of a man was found floating in the Orange River near Aliwal North, Free State police said on Friday.

Constable Werner van Tonder said the body was found on Thursday.

"The body is that of an African male between the ages of 16 and 20. The body is badly decomposed and is missing...[its] head and part of the chest, which is believed to be due to exposure to the elements."

He said the man was wearing dark trousers and black gumboots but no shirt.

"It is believed that the man had been dead for around a week before being found, and that he might have been from the Sterkspruit area."

He called on anyone who has reported someone missing in the vicinity of the Orange River or has information that might lead to the identification of the body to contact detective Warrant Officer Britz at 082-466-7265 or 051-663-6103.

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