Northdale family fear body discovered by children is their missing son

2009-05-03 00:00

An anxious Northdale family are clinging to the hope that a decomposed body discovered in a thicket near their home is not their son and brother, who has been missing for a month.

The Witness previously reported that Yakesh Chandulall (20) went missing from his home in Nehru Place in Bombay Heights on April 2.

On Saturday, a man’s body was found barely a kilometre from Chandulall’s home by children who were playing alongside a footpath used as a shortcut between Kanpur Place and Firwood Road, which leads to Nehru Place.

Residents in Kanpur Place have complained that a foul smell has plagued the area for weeks.

Police Senior Superintendent Henry Budhram said the body has not yet been identified, and the Chandulalls are the only family that has come forward to view the body.

The Chandulall family has been searching for their son and brother for a month, but in vain.

Chandulall’s sister, Seema, said the family became concerned when he did not come home.

“It is not like him not to return home, so we became concerned when days passed and he was not back. We have searched everywhere … but we have been positive that we will find him alive.”

Speaking at the scene of the grisly discovery yesterday, Inspector Jack Haskins of SAPS Search and Rescue Unit, said he had helped the family in the search on the day after Chandulall had gone missing. “I searched the bushes in the area, but found nothing.”

Seema Chandulall said the family saw the body, but is not convinced it is her brother’s. “We are praying that it’s not him.”

Budhram said Chandulall was wearing a black, long-sleeved Nike T-shirt, Adidas pants and black Nike sneakers when he went missing. A red Laxmi string worn by Hindus on the right wrist was found on the body.

“The family believes that it may be him because of clothing found on the body,” said Budhram. He said forensic and DNA tests will be conducted to ascertain whose body it is.

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