Siam Lee

Durban - Police say “an intensive investigation” led to Wednesday night’s arrest of a 29-year-old man believed to have been involved in the disappearance and murder of Durban woman Siam Lee.

“He was arrested at his home, in Hillcrest, after an intensive investigation by the detectives,” police spokesperson Colonel Thembeka Mbhele said on Thursday morning.

“A Mercedes Benz Vito and an unlicensed firearm were seized at his house”.

The vehicle was thought to be the same one a witness reported seeing 20-year-old Lee get into, when she disappeared from a Durban North house - believed to be a brothel - exactly two weeks ago.

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Mbhele said the suspect had not yet been formally charged.

The charred remains of a woman found in a sugarcane field in the KwaZulu-Natal Midlands, near New Hanover, were last week identified by a relative as Lee’s.

“Detectives are still awaiting the results of DNA tests to confirm if the burnt body of the woman found at New Hanover is that of Siam Lee.,” Mbhele said on Thursday, “Should that be the case, the suspect will be charged with her murder”.

Acting provincial commissioner Major General Bheki Langa said police would do everything within their control to ensure that the suspect was placed before a “competent court”.

“So that he can account for his actions,” he said.

The Mercury