Family of missing Cape Town teen anxious as police find body in same street

2017-03-22 10:02
Rene Roman (Supplied)

Rene Roman (Supplied)

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

Cape Town – The family of missing 13-year-old Rene Roman was anxious on Wednesday morning amid uncertainty about a body that was found in a house on their street.

"We don't know for sure. We must just wait and see," her sombre stepfather Mervin Jacobs told News24.

Police were greeted by a strong stench when they were called out to a house in St Agatha Street, Lavender Hill, on Tuesday morning.

Western Cape police spokesperson FC van Wyk said the smell came from a bungalow at the back of the house.

"When the members opened the bungalow they found a partially decomposed body of an unknown female covered with a carpet," he said.

Her hands and feet were tied and she was half-naked.

A murder case was opened. No arrests had been made yet.

Van Wyk said the age of the deceased was unknown at this stage.

Reward doubled

"A post-mortem will be conducted to determine cause of death and identity," he said.

Rene, described by those who know her as quiet and obedient, disappeared around lunchtime on March 10.

She had been helping her mother remove dry washing from the line when she asked to go to the shop to buy chips.

She never made it there, even though the shop is only a few houses away.

Jacobs insisted at the time that Rene would never run away from home. He believed she was taken against her will.

Residents had persistently searched for her.

On Wednesday, Jacobs said all the leads they received turned out to be dead ends.

The reward for anyone with information leading to her being found and returned home safely has been doubled to R20 000.

Read more on:    cape town  |  crime

Join the conversation!

24.com encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.
NEXT ON NEWS24X

Inside News24

 
Partner Content
Travel Dreams? Where would you rather be right now?

Partnered: Whether you're missing family overseas, dreaming of family adventures or romantic hideaways we all have that one place we'd rather be right now - but have you thought about the best way to get there?

/News

Book flights

Compare, Book, Fly

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.




Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.