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Police find dismembered body in cemetery

2011-04-04 21:18

Johannesburg - Free State police said on Monday that the dismembered body of a 23-year-old man had been found in the Welkom cemetery.

Spokesperson Stephen Thakeng said that the body of Michael van Eck had been found in a shallow grave on Sunday morning.

"The body didn't have a head, a right arm, or left foot and both legs had been amputated at the knees."

Thakeng said Van Eck's car was found abandoned at a Welkom taxi rank on Sunday morning and police phoned his parents to enquire about his whereabouts.

Van Eck's parents told police that he went on a date on Saturday night and should have been at work on Sunday morning.

When police phoned his employer, they confirmed that he had gone on a date with a girl he had met on the social website Facebook the night before, but he did not pitch up for work on Sunday.

His employer said Van Eck and his date would have met at the Welkom cemetery, which prompted police and his family to go to the scene.
"At the entrance we found a shirt which the parents confirmed belonged to their son.

"Our K9 unit was called in and they found the shallow grave."

Thakeng said a 23-year-old man had been taken into custody for questioning after he had claimed he was picking up the abandoned car in the taxi rank for a friend.

"We suspect occult issues, that's why we have deployed our task team to ensure that the perpetrators are brought to book."


Comments
  • freedom - 2011-04-04 22:13

    Why would anyone arrange to meet someone at a cemetry? surely there are better places in Welkom to meet someone? Sounds rather weird to me

      TOMCAT1 - 2011-04-05 06:40

      Spoooooooky

      athenagt - 2011-04-05 07:50

      exactly! what kind of a date was this ?

      sessisie - 2011-04-05 07:59

      That is not what happened, but the truth is starting to surface slowly now.

      Sonja - 2011-04-05 08:08

      Well 'suspecting occult issues' will explain the cemetery? Condolences to his family.

      Zion - 2011-04-05 08:26

      The following is my personal opinion: The Welkom cemetery is located a few kilometers outside the city. The place, like much of Welkom is overgrown, dirty and generally in a poor state of repair. It is highly unlikely that any person in their right mind would go there after daylight. The area, itself, is dangerous. I instinctively think someone lured this person there for reasons I can only speculate on. A recent murder in Welkom followed the same traits of dismemberment. fortunately the perpetrators were apprehended.

  • Gregory - 2011-04-04 22:15

    What a date...! At the Cemetry? Micheal must have been a very casual and liberal person to have accepted a date at the cemetry!!! Never Knew that..., there is more to the so called date (meeting, than he thought. May his soul rest in perfect peace. Amen. My warmest condolences to his family!

  • ettiened - 2011-04-04 22:57

    So extremely sad! I agree freedom - cannot believe anyone would agree to meet at a cemetary...definitely something fishy! My condolences to his family.

  • pabnel.nel - 2011-04-05 06:14

    That cemetry is like 2 KM outside Welkom, on the way to Odendaalsrus. There is nothing around at all. Not to be nasty but what was he thinking. My condolences to the family, and may he rest in peace.

  • pig - 2011-04-05 07:07

    the body didm't have a head, right arm, and left foot, and borh legs were amputated at the knee, werent both feet missing??? condolence's to the family!!!

  • Tshediso - 2011-04-05 07:36

    welkom is geting dangerous daily

      Zion - 2011-04-05 08:32

      Yes Tshediso, Welkom is getting dangerous daily. Trouble is Welkom is off the beaten track and mostly out of earshot so few people actually know where Welkom is much less what is going on there. It has become dangerous for pedestrians to even walk in Welkom without being robbed or mugged. I am seriously thinking of emigrating to the WC where it may be a bit better.

  • Stacey - 2011-04-05 08:17

    My condolences to his family, what kind of girl was she, i mean meeting at a cemetery is not normal!! so many other places to meet instead of a cemetery. What happened to the girl that he was suppose to meet, where is she? She probably knows what happened.

      Zion - 2011-04-05 14:06

      Stacey, Think carefully, yes very carefully and you may come up with the answer. Unfortunately I cannot give it to you.

  • Richard.Isabel.Minnie - 2011-04-05 08:19

    Dit wat hier gebeur is siek. Dit bewys maar net 1 ding en dit is dat die duiwel lustig is en ons mensdom moet na die Heer draai vir Sy leiding. Sterkte aan Naas en sy familie. Richard Minnie

  • Wezz - 2011-04-05 08:29

    Imagine that! A dismembered body found at a graveyard… if got a sneaky feeling they’ll find more if they “dig around” a bit.

  • Alizhaan - 2011-04-05 08:30

    I agree freedom, surely the cemetry would be the last place i would meet for a date...

  • Asjas - 2011-04-05 09:51

    Maybe it wasn't a "girl" Just some group who posed as a girl. Did he talk to her on the phone or only on facebook? Any photos on facebook of this girl? More reason why I will never be on facebook. Here in Australia the same thing is happening with facebook dates. Go and no one wille ever find you. I pray for his family.

      Jackster - 2011-04-05 10:31

      Watch Catfish...it makes you wonder.

  • LadyJJ - 2011-04-05 10:47

    There is so many stories here ...in beeld it says that the sister told them he met someone on 2go and that person wanted to meet him at the cemetery now here it is the company that confirm that...get the story straight and that report

  • Dawid Spies - 2011-04-05 12:34

    He would have to have trusted this person enough.. He probably did speak to her a few times before meeting up either via Mxit or other forms of social comunication for him to verify the Facebook profile. Couldve been someone he knew in his past. He most defnitly was lured with something worth-while for him to meet all the way out to the cemetery. For him it probably looked like a harmless girl, that looked for abit of adventure at the cemetary. He likes her, cause she has been telling him all the right things he wanted to hear. So why not go. I wont blame this guy, rather go undercover and setup a sting to catch these satanist, red handed.

      Zion - 2011-04-05 14:08

      Satanists???

      ivory - 2011-04-08 11:58

      Zion - "We suspect occult issues, that's why we have deployed our task team to ensure that the perpetrators are brought to book." This definitely sounds to me like a satanic ritual. I can not think what he went through those last moments, it's too sad :(

  • roxy - 2011-04-06 15:37

    it was a preists daughter and her fiancee there names are Maartens van der merwe and Chane Van Heerden. the never met at the cemetry but that is where the ritual took place.

      liesitellyou - 2011-04-07 01:17

      I still think that they're being falsely accused. The rumors of finding body parts on the property was made up by the media. I know this for a fact. The police are only suspecting them because some stupid Christian idiots can't understand why certain people listen to metal or follow that sub-culture.

  • Melissa - 2011-04-08 12:37

    The only thing still unclear to me - did Chane pose as the girl he was supposed to meet? Or did those two make a fake profile? That's a lot of effort...was Micheal not also involved in the 'occult issues'? Curiosity has a big impact..... Still, it's horrible the way things have happened. Condolences to his family. And I really hope that justice is served.

  • TSA - 2011-04-13 12:34

    Have a look at this link on wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dexter_(TV_series)#Criticism Under "Graveyard murders".. Funny how wikipedia knows this and local news does not.

  • TSA - 2011-04-13 12:34

    Have a look at this link on wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dexter_(TV_series)#Criticism Under "Graveyard murders".. Funny how wikipedia knows this and local news does not.

  • TSA - 2011-04-13 12:35

    Have a look at this link on wikipedia page for the tv series Dexter, under Criticism, subheading "Graveyard murders".. Funny how wikipedia knows this and local news does not.

  • TSA - 2011-04-13 12:37

    Have a look at this link on wikipedia page for the tv series Dexter, under Criticism, subheading "Graveyard murders".. Funny how wikipedia knows this and local news does not.

  • TSA - 2011-04-13 12:37

    Sorry for multiple posts... This site has some problem...

  • ndzalamah - 2012-11-14 16:29

    Matthew 25

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