Missing man's body found 7 weeks later in mortuary

2015-03-30 13:44
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Johannesburg - The body of a Boksburg father-of-three who went missing on Valentine's Day has been found in a mortuary.

Netwerk24's Vania van der Heever reported on Monday that the family of Wayne Alberts, 36, is now in mourning after confirmation of his death.

Alberts disappeared while on his way to his parents' house on 14 February. A missing persons report was filed and his family searched for him for nearly seven weeks, even employed a private investigator. A police sergeant at the Boksburg North police told News24 that police searched the local hospitals and mortuary along with Alberts's family, but did not find him.

It is believed Alberts was killed on the night of his disappearance, and his body was dumped near a reservoir in Vereeniging.

A security guard found the body the next day, and it was taken to a mortuary in Sebokeng where it lay unclaimed.

Arrests

A day after Alberts disappeared, two men and a woman were arrested in his silver BMW in Pretoria, and found with drugs, electrical cables and a firearm. However, they were released because they spent more than 48 hours in police custody without appearing in court.

The woman and one of the men were later arrested in Durban, and will appear in court on Monday.

Alberts's father told Netwerk24 how he received a call from police on Friday and went to the mortuary to identify the body. He said he collapsed and had to be assisted by the police officer who was with him.

Alberts's mother said she could move on now that the body has been found. His three children are struggling to cope, but they had been prepared for the worst, she added.

A memorial service will be held on Tuesday.

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