Bloem mum’s body found

2012-03-06 15:37

The body of a Bloemfontein woman who went missing three weeks ago has been found in a shallow grave 30 kilometres outside the city.

Celesté Fraser-Carson’s body was found just hours after her lover – a top official in the Free State provincial government – was rearrested in Graaff-Reinet in the Eastern Cape.

The suspect escaped police custody on Friday and a massive manhunt was launched over the weekend.

Fraser-Carson was last seen getting into her lover’s car on February 8 and was reported missing the same afternoon.

She was pregnant with his baby at the time. Harry Nagel, police spokesperson, says the area where the grave was found is next to a road in Bloemspruit.

He said the suspect was with another woman when he was caught.

Nagel said that after being recaptured, the suspect first took police officers to Naval Hill in Bloemfontein, then to the scene where her body was found.

“It is believed that she was killed on Naval Hill before her body was buried in the embankment. The body was covered with stones and sand. The exact cause of death and how long she had been buried there will be known only after a post mortem has been conducted,” said Nagel.

Fraser-Carson’s parents received several SMSes from their daughter’s phone after she disappeared, assuring them that she was unharmed and safe. Her parents told City Press last week they suspected the messages had not been sent by her.

The suspect is due to appear in court on Thursday on charges of murder and escaping from custody.

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