Missing policeman’s skeleton found along Hesketh Drive

2011-09-21 00:00

ALTHOUGH the family expressed relief that they could finally lay Peter “Rooikoos” Lombard’s remains to rest after his skeleton was found along Hesketh Drive in the Hayfields area yesterday, the cause of his death remains a mystery.

Lombard went missing on November 18, 2010. Contract workers who were uprooting alien trees discovered his remains yesterday.

Lombard (44) was staying with a friend, Warrant Officer Ian Cowley, at Lincoln Meade for seven years when he vanished.

Cowley, who identified his friend, said Pietermaritzburg entire Dog Unit had searched around the road where he was found.

“Everyone was looking. That place was so obvious. People go sit there to have drinks, but nobody realised anything,” said Cowley.

The only thing that was missing from Lombard’s possession was a cellphone, but his brown military boots, necklace, wristwatch, ring, and driver’s licence and identity book were intact.

“On the scene his watch was still working when I picked it up and it was 12:07 pm,” said Cowley.

Lombard’s middle sister, Rocky Clark, said, “We’ve been looking for so long for him while he was just right under our noses. But at least God answered my prayers. That’s all I’m happy about because now I know that he’s in a better place.”

The family are waiting for the autopsy to identify the cause of death.

Cowley said he does not suspect that his friend was murdered because there were no holes on his jacket.

The contract worker, Bhekumuzi Mhlungu (58) said he first saw a brownish jacket with shades of green. When he tried to remove it with the edge of his bush knife he saw a skull and he immediately knew that it was that of a human being. The vegetation on the field had already grown over the skeleton.

Cowley said Lombard was last seen walking down Hesketh Drive and there was nothing suspicious about him that day. He was his normal self.

The police believe that Lombard may have been lying in the bushes for about four to six months.

Join the conversation!

24.com encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.