Decomposing body not missing patient

2010-06-17 00:00

POLICE have made a gruesome disco­very of a decomposed body at the Northdale Hospital grounds yesterday afternoon.

Police were called in yesterday after the hospital reported a missing patient on Sunday.

Warrant Officer Jack Haskins said his dogs led him to a small stream near the hospital’s sports field along the Chota Motala Road.

He said the body was in an advanced stage of decomposition.

Police spokeswoman Warrant Officer Joey Jeevan said, at this stage, there is no information on the cause of death or gender of the person. She said only once a postmortem is done will they be able to identify the body.

“The body must have been lying there for weeks or months as it is badly decomposed. It cannot be the person who was reported missing on Sunday. We will wait for the postmortem results for identification and cause of death,” said Jeevan.

Hospital CEO Emanuel Ntombela said it cannot be determined whether the body belonged to a patient.

He said the body could be one of the people who trespass and enter the hospital premises by cutting the fence along Chota Motala Road.

“We have beefed up our security for that. Although this is a public hospital, people should not trespass, but should use the main entrance instead.”

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