Skeletal remains found in psychiatric hospital backyard

2015-09-09 06:00
                                                           ??????????????????????PHOTO: IAN CARBUTTMembers of K9 Search and Rescue Unit recover the remains of a body found in the grounds of Fort Napier Hospital.

??????????????????????PHOTO: IAN CARBUTTMembers of K9 Search and Rescue Unit recover the remains of a body found in the grounds of Fort Napier Hospital.

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SKELETAL remains were found in a bushy area in the back yard of Fort Napier psychiatric hospital on Monday evening.

The K9 Search and Rescue Unit was called to the scene after an employee of a company contracted to cut grass spotted the remains.

Police­ estimated that the body might have been there for about two years as it was reduced to only a skeleton.

It is believed that the body is of a male in his late fifties.

Police still have to determine whether the identity document found near the remains belonged to the deceased. There was also a pair of trousers found next to the body.

Pietermaritzburg police spokesperson Mthokozisi Ngobese said they will be investigating the matter.

“We will be looking at all the possibilities - whether it was a murder or a natural death,” he said.

Ngobese said the remains will be sent to a laboratory for DNA testing.

“We encourage families, who have people that have been missing for about two years, to contact the Prestbury police station,” said Ngobese.

“The challenging part was scratching in the bush for the smaller remains of the body,” said Ngobese.

No comment was received from the Department of Health at the time of going to press

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