The preliminary hearing into the murder of Tshepo Marooe (38) is set to continue on 25 May in the Bloemfontein Magistrate’s Court. The matter was postponed on 15 April after three suspects appeared in court facing a charge of murder.They are Boitumelo Brenda Marooe (37, the deceased’s wife), Kedibone Rachel Abrams (61, deceased’s mother-in-law) and Tokelo Mogapi (24), who according to the police, is a friend of Brenda. According to the police the three are prime suspects in Tshepo’s murder.Brig. Motantsi Makhele, spokesperson for the provincial police, said Brenda and Abrams were released on R1 000 bail each while Mogapi’s bail was turned down by the state. He said the trio’s arrest followed investigation which launched in February after Brenda reported her spouse as missing.A case of a missing person was opened on 17 February at the Bloemspruit Police Station in Bloemfontein for investigation.Makhele said in a police statement Brenda said she last spoke to her spouse, Tshepo, on the phone on 14 February, wishing her a happy Valentine’s Day. “On 26 February, just before 20:00 police were alerted by a passerby about a body at Happy Valley Park. On arrival they discovered a body of a male with three stab wounds, on the left side of his chest. The wounds were inflicted with a sharp object like a knife. Although the body was in a decomposing state, his clothes were identical to those Brenda reported that Tshepo was wearing when he went missing. It was later confirmed that the deceased was indeed Tshepo and his car was found abandoned at a lodge in Hilton,” said Makhele.The deceased was wearing brown shorts and a blue T-shirt.Makhele said both dockets, that of a missing person reported in Bloemspruit and murder reported in Parkweg, were investigated together which led to the arrest of the suspects.