Eveno Baartjies Picture: SAPS/Facebook

King William's Town - Eastern Cape police have appealed to the public to help King William's Town detectives locate Eveno Baartjies in connection with the death of his wife.

On Thursday, detectives were investigating a report of a missing person, Carmellia Baartjies, 36, who was reported missing on September 5 by her husband, Brigadier Marinda Mills said.

"Police visited her home in Breidbach where the couple lives. Her husband was interviewed to clear up information received from concerned community members about his wife's disappearance," she said.

"During the interview police noticed loose soil under a bed in an outside shack. The husband was requested to lift up the bed. When the detectives decided to further investigate the husband fled the scene. Members from K9, flying squad, and others were summoned to assist in looking for the husband but he successfully avoided arrest."

Another male suspect was arrested on the scene in connection with the case. The body of the missing woman was found in a shallow grave underneath the bed.

"At the moment it is not clear as to how she was killed as there was no blood on the body. A case of murder has been opened for investigation. The suspect will appear in the King William's Town Magistrate's Court on Monday," Mills said.

Anyone who might have information on the whereabouts of Eveno Baartjies should please contact King William's Town police on 043-6010-100 or Captain Ndinisa on 082-441-9240.