Decomposed body found near KZN train station

2015-07-21 11:15

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Durban - Police Search and Rescue officers recovered the badly decomposed body of an elderly man near the St Wendolins train station in Mariannhill late on Monday night.

It is understood that the body of an elderly man was discovered by a passerby.

The body, that weighed as much as 150kgs, had been found near a small cliff in a dense thicket of bush which lies adjacent to the railway line near the train station.

Officers and members of the Health Department’s Medico-Legal Mortuary Services hiked through rugged terrain to get to the corpse and had to establish an elaborate rope rescue system and use a Stokes basket to haul the body to a point where it was more accessible.

It is understood that the body had sustained severe traumatic injuries, what police believe may have come as a result of being pushed or thrown off a moving train.

A police source, who could not be named, said that the placement of the body and the visible injuries sustained were in line with that theory.

Police spokespeople were not immediately available for comment.

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