Dismembered body found at Free State cemetery

2011-04-05 07:10

The dismembered body of a 23-year-old man has been found in the Welkom cemetery, Free State police said yesterday.

Captain Stephen Thakeng said the body of Michael van Eck was found in a shallow grave on Sunday morning.

“The body didn’t have a head, a right arm, or left foot, and both legs were 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 went on a date with a girl he met on the social website Facebook the night before, but did not arrive for work on Sunday.

His employer said Van Eck and his date would have met up 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. That’s when our K9 unit was called in and they found the shallow grave.”

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

“We have deployed our task team to ensure that the perpetrators are brought to book.”

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