Search in dunes reveals two skeletons

2013-09-26 00:00

A KNIFE attack on holiday makers has led to the discovery of two skeletons in the dunes just north of the Richards Bay Caravan Park.

The remains were found on Tuesday morning during a search for the man responsible for the beach attack.

David Pretorius, who works for the caravan park’s security company, was trying to find the man who attacked two 16-year-old girls on the beach, when he unearthed the remains in the dunes.

The girls were robbed of their cellphones, towels and bags close to the entrance of the caravan park on Monday afternoon.

Their parents, who asked that the family not be identified, said the girls were on their way back to the campsite when the man approached them on the beach.

“My daughter tried to hide her cellphone, but the man demanded that she hand it over. He threw her on the ground and wrestled her phone away, stabbing her in the process, while the other girl stood by, helpless.

“When the two girls finally returned to the campsite, totally in shock, we notified the park owners, who called the police while we rushed the girls off to the doctors for treatment.”

On Tuesday morning, members of the campsite’s security company, Northern Region Protection Services, tried to find the attackers. “We think [the attacker] is living in the dunes and around the old Soetwater beach, so we took our pit-bull terrier and started searching,” said Pretorius.

He said that while searching, he climbed a high dune and started slipping in the sand, unearthing a skull. Once again the police were called out, and while they were trying to dig out the rest of the bones, another skull was found.

Richards Bay police spokesperson Captain Debbie Ferreira confirmed that the police had taken two skeletons to the mortuary for postmortems and DNA tests.

“An inquest docket has been opened and only once the postmortems have been done, will we know more.”

Ferreira also confirmed that a case of robbery with a weapon had been opened following the stabbing incident.

According to Pretorius, their search revealed “clear evidence” that at least four or five people are living in the dunes.

The campers have vowed not to return to Richards Bay.

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