Justice for Jesse Hess: Campaign to hire PI who worked on Uyinene, Meghan Cremer murders

2019-09-16 14:08
Jesse Hess. (Facebook, file)

Jesse Hess. (Facebook, file) (Foto: Facebook)

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A crowdfunding campaign has been launched to hire a private investigator to look into the murders of University of Western Cape student Jesse Hess and her grandfather Chris, before it becomes a cold case.

Hess, 19, a first-year theology student, and her 85-year-old grandfather were found dead in their Parow flat on August 30.

The body of the elderly man was reportedly found tied up in the toilet and Jesse's body was found on a bed.

Their murders made headlines along with that of avid horse rider Meghan Cremer, University of Cape Town student Uyinene Mrwetyana and other women.

Three people were arrested after Cremer's remains were found on a sand mine at a Philippi farm on the morning of August 8.

A post office employee was charged with Mrwetyana's murder after it emerged that she had been killed in the Clareinch post office the same day she disappeared – Saturday, August 24.

The crowdfunding campaign page initially claimed that private investigator Noel Pratten had been key in solving both cases.

This claim was later removed.

Western Cape police spokesperson Lieutenant Colonel André Traut said: "Both these cases were by no means solved by a private investigator, but by our own investigators who worked tirelessly to bring the perpetrators to book."

"The murders of Jesse Hess and her grandfather are still under investigation and arrests are yet to be made."

An interfaith prayer vigil was held in Parow on Sunday evening for Hess and other women who had been murdered in violent circumstances.

The group handed over a memorandum of demands at Parow police station.

The article has been amended to reflect police comment on the role of their investigators in the case.

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