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Johannesburg - Police are looking for a young woman whose live-in lover was found dead on their bed with rat poison called Galephirime next to him.

Although the lovers had lived together for almost a year, there was no trace of the woman, known only as Maria, as she had taken all her belongings when she left.

It's not known if the man was killed or whether he committed suicide, but police are hoping that the woman will be able to help solve the mystery.

According to the spokesperson of the Kagiso police station, the man's friend was worried when two days went by without seeing him.

He is alleged to have gone to the house that the couple shared in Rietvallei on November 10.

Have you seen Maria? Kagiso Police are looking for her in connection to the death of her boyfriend.

"He said he went to the house and knocked many times but there was no answer. He realised the door was not locked and went inside. He found the friend lying on the bed and he tried to wake him but realised he was dead.

"He said he then saw some white powder next to him in a little paper," Sibiya said, confirming that the powder was a rat poison called Galephirime.

While the man had been dead for some time, his body had not yet decomposed.

He said the friend called the man's phone but it was not in the house and had been switched off. 

According to Sibiya, the friend didn't know the woman's phone numbers or anything about her background.

Sibiya said post postmortem results confirmed that the man died of poisoning.

"It is possible that he committed suicide. However, they lived together for a long time and she has not been seen his death. We are not saying she killed him, we just need to question her so we piece together what happened," Sibiya said.

Anyone who knows of Maria's whereabouts can call Detective Sergeant Motladile on (011) 696 9094.

The Star