Disappeared woman’s body found

2019-04-11 06:00

After disappearing without a trace for a few days, the body of a 26-year-old woman was found on an open field in Asanda Village last week.

The body of the woman was found face-down with visible bruises by community members who alerted Lwandle police to their gruesome discovery around 20:00 on Wednesday 3 April.

Sergeant Mthokozisi Gama, spokesperson of Lwandle police, said the open field is near Christmas Tinto Primary School.

“On Wednesday evening, we were alerted to a body found on the ground with bruises all over by the community,” he said. “On arrival, police officers found a woman’s body lying facing the ground.”

Gama added the deceased was identified by a family member at the scene.

“Police flooded the scene to collect evidence,” he said. “The body was taken to a state mortuary for a post-mortem to determine the cause of death. A murder case was opened.”

According to Gama, police investigation found the deceased had left her boyfriend’s home in Asanda Village on Saturday 30 March. She apparently indicated that she was going home, but she never arrived.

“The following day, her boyfriend went to visit her at her home and he was informed that she had never arrived home the previous day,” Gama explained.

It is believed the deceased’s boyfriend was taken in for questioning by police, but was later released. No-one has been arrested yet and the investigation continues, Gama said.

Simthembile Mfecane, councillor for Ward 85, expressed shock and disbelief after the horrendous discovery. “I received a call regarding this bad news and rushed to the scene,” he said. “This is very frustrating, and I really don’t know what is happening to this community all of a sudden.

“This community is not used to this kind of criminality, which seems to be increasing all of a sudden. We have been calling for residents to unite and fight the scourge of crime, but it seems these calls have not yet yielded results.”

The police are calling on residents to come forward with information that could lead to a positive arrest and prosecution the culprit of this heinous deed.

Anyone with possible information can contact the investigating officer, Detective Constable Mfundo Soyiyo, on 082 522 3361 or 021 845 2060.

Gama added the police will offer a reward to anyone that shares positive information, which will lead to the arrest of the suspect. The person sharing the tip-off may remain anonymous.

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