Bodies, burnt out vehicles found by hikers in Bainskloof mountains

2016-10-31 15:31
The skeletal remains of two people have been retrieved along the Bainskloof mountain pass. (ER24)

The skeletal remains of two people have been retrieved along the Bainskloof mountain pass. (ER24)

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Cape Town - The skeletal remains of two people were retrieved along the Bainskloof mountain pass on Monday, two days after hikers stumbled upon the corpses and two burnt out vehicles.

Police spokesperson Captain FC Van Wyk said Wellington SAPS were alerted to the discovery of the severely decomposed bodies on Saturday afternoon.

The genders of the deceased could not yet be confirmed and a post-mortem has been commissioned.

Paramedics, Worcester metro rescue services, forensic pathology services and the Breede Valley Fire Department conducted a search of the area, along with police, following the discovery of the skeletons.

A car and a bakkie were found.

"The vehicles found on the scene were beyond recognition due to the extent of damages and burning. [They were found] about 200m down the mountain from the road. A cellular tablet was found partially burned nearby," Van Wyk said.

It was unclear how long the bodies had been there, ER24 spokesperson Werner Vermaak said.

"The rescuers were also unable to find any identification on scene," he confirmed.

"It is unknown at this stage when the vehicles crashed down the pass or if both vehicles were involved in the same collision. According to services on scene, they could not find any reports of recent collisions or reports of missing persons in the immediate area."

Police have opened an inquest docket.

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