Five-hour search for mysterious wailing woman

2016-03-09 11:35
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Pietermaritzburg -The mystery of a wailing woman has left Prestbury residents on edge, with her haunting screams echoing through parts of the suburb for five hours on Monday night.

Residents are desperately trying to piece together information after a woman’s consistent cries for help could be heard within the plantations near Zwartkop Road in Prestbury.

The desperate pleas resulted in residents and police mobilising for a six-hour-long search in the pitch dark and pouring rain.

Speaking to The Witness yesterday, Prestbury resident and neighbourhood crime fighter Russel George said he was sitting on the verandah with his wife just after 11 pm when the screaming started.

“It was a woman’s voice. You could hear her screaming and crying, praying for help. She sounded like she was in severe pain. You could also hear that she was being beaten, a sound like a thud on the carpet and she would scream louder after each one,” George said.

Messages began pouring in from residents on the “Prestbury Crime Watch Crime Reporting” WhatsApp group that George administrates, sparking immediate action.

George said he got in the car with his son and began scouring the area, following the reports from residents on the group describing the direction of the noise from their homes.

He was joined by Prestbury police and the search lasted into the early hours of the morning, with the screams still continuing.

“It was very dark and with the valley the sound echoes and you cannot pinpoint the location. It was haunting. We felt like we were so close but could not see anything,” George said.

“A Zulu-speaking policewoman recognised that the woman was screaming prayers in Zulu. As we got closer we could hear a man screaming at her to shut up, followed by the thuds.”

The screams stopped at about 4 am and the search was called off an hour later.

George said he returned to the area for an hour around midday yesterday, this time on a motorcycle.

“There were no signs of anything in the forest. Nothing at all.”

He pleaded for information, asking anybody knows what may have happened to contact him at 082 254 8366.


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