DNA links skull to missing man

2009-07-08 00:00

A HUMAN skull that was found in a sugar plantation in 2007 has been positively identified as that of a man who went missing more than four years ago in the Midlands area.

Police said in a media statement yesterday that forensic tests conducted on the skull found that DNA from the bone matched DNA samples taken from the children of Sham Sinanin, who went missing in 2005.

Farm workers stumbled upon the skull while working in cane fields at the New Venture farm in New Hanover.

In March 2005, after Sinanin went missing, his Mercedes Benz was found on the R33 main road near the farm.

At the time, police found a diary with various phone numbers inside the vehicle.

On contacting one of the numbers, the person who answered the phone told the police that the car belonged to Sinanin and confirmed that he knew him. Attempts to contact Sinanin failed. He had left home two days earlier and had not been seen since.

The disappearance of Sinanin remained a mystery until the skull was found in 2007 near the area where his car had been found.

The police took DNA samples from Sinanin’s children and these were sent to a forensic laboratory for testing.

“The results of the DNA were recently received and the skull was positively identified as that of Sham Sinanin,” said Senior Superintendent Henry Budhram.

He said the cause of Sinanin’s death has not been determined. “The skull has now been handed over to the Sinanin family for the funeral arrangements”.

Budhram said police have opened an inquest case.

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