Mystery of woman’s death in KZN gorge

2009-02-03 00:00

Police are searching for a missing car that could help them unravel exactly what happened to Diane Bremner, a 55-year-old Forest Hills woman whose badly decomposed body is believed to have been discovered at the bottom of Kloof Gorge on Monday.

“All we have is a handbag and a body that was totally unrecognisable,” sister-in-law Monica Mulder said yesterday. She said the family waited at the top of the cliff while the body was recovered and have as good as accepted that it is Bremner’s, but are awaiting forensic reports. She said that watching the rescue team — the police air wing and search and rescue units, Netcare 911 paramedics and Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife guides — recover the body was extremely traumatic.

Bremner’s family reported her missing on January 24. She was last seen on January 19 when she left home at around 7.30 am. Mulder said she had been feeling “down in the dumps” as her grandchildren had emigrated to the UK the previous week.

Bremner’s handbag — with all her valuables, including her cellphone — was found at a picnic spot at the Kranskloof Nature Reserve by a hiker on January 20. “… We don’t know if she slipped and fell or was pushed,” said Mulder.

Police found the body after going into the gorge to investigate the wreck of a white car that they thought might be Bremner’s. It was not. However, an unpleasant smell led them to the body nearby.

Police spokesman Senior Superintendent Jay Naicker said police are investigating and it is too early to draw any conclusions. He said it is likely that the body will be identified using dental records.

He urged anyone with information about the missing car — a white 1.4 VW (NU 38991) — to contact the investigating officer Detective Constable Mohammed Habib at 073 733 9509.

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