Metro Police Search and Rescue at the scene Picture: SAPS
Metro Police Search and Rescue at the scene Picture: SAPS

Police open inquests after two decomposing bodies found in KZN

By Se-Anne Rall Time of article published Sep 9, 2021

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DURBAN - KWAZULU-NATAL police have opened inquest dockets after two decomposing bodies were discovered in separate incidents this week.

The first body was discovered in Pietermaritzburg while the other was in Chatsworth.

Pietermaritzburg SAPS Search and Rescue and PMB K9 Search and Rescue members were called to assist Alexander Road SAPS with a body recovery at the Ukulinga research farm on Wednesday. The decomposed body of an unknown male was recovered.

KZN SAPS provincial spokesperson, Captain Nqobile Gwala, said the deceased is around 30-years-old and was found in the bushes by staff.

Gwala said the body was found on a UKZN research farm. She added that his body was mutilated.

Meanwhile, a badly decomposing body of a woman was found.

Metro Police Search and Rescue and SAPS K9 Search and Rescue were called out to Bayview for a body recovery.

"The decomposing remains of a 54yr-old female were recovered. Inquest docket opened," police said.

A source close to the investigation said the woman was discovered by her brother, faced down in the house. It is unclear how long she had been dead for.

Gwala said the woman was in her 50s and had no visible injuries.

"A post mortem will be conducted to determine the cause of death. An inquest docket was opened at Bayview for further investigation," Gwala said.


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