WATCH | Murdered and dumped in a timber plantation - this is where Hillary Gardee's body was discovered

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  • Hillary Gardee's body was discovered in a timber plantation just 40km outside Mbombela.
  • She was found with wounds to her head.
  • EFF leader Julius Malema visited the Gardee residence on Wednesday.

A cold breeze whipped through a timber plantation, 40kms outside of Mbombela, Mpumalanga, with little to no activity just a day after the body of Hillary Gardee was discovered. 

The 28-year-old daughter of former EFF secretary-general Godrich Gardee made headlines after she went missing on Friday. 

She was last seen at the local Spar in Mbombela's central business district, dressed in black attire, the same clothing she was wearing when her body was found with wounds to the head.

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Hillary was with her three-year-old adopted child at the time of her disappearance. The child returned home safely, but she never returned.

Circumstances surrounding her disappearance and death are unknown at this stage.

Hillary Gardee, 28.
Hillary Gardee.
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Police had launched a manhunt for those responsible for the murder, Police Minister Bheki Cele announced on Tuesday following his visit to the scene.

In a statement on Tuesday, the EFF said that her loss had brought Gardee "immeasurable devastation as he grapples with the pain of losing a child in such a callous, cruel and inhumane manner".

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Anyone with information is encouraged to call the Crime Stop number on 08600 10111.

All information will be treated as confidential and callers may opt to remain anonymous. 

EFF leader Julius Malema visited the Gardee residence on Wednesday afternoon.

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