A middle-aged man in blue shorts is apparently the key to the circumstances in which the charred body of a woman was found in the Cape on Thursday night.
The woman was found in the boot of a dark-colored BMW behind the Dieprivier railway station in Cape Town’s southern suburbs. The vehicle was on fire when the police arrived at the scene in Massinger Street, Diep River at about 22:00.
Lieutenant Colonel. Provincial police spokesperson Andrè Traut said police found the body in the boot after the fire was extinguished. The dark-colored BMW is like the green BMW owned by Gill Packham, 57, an administrative officer at the Springfield Convent in Wynberg, Cape Town. Earlier it was reported she was a teacher.
Packham was reported missing by a family member shortly after 18:00 on Thursday at the Diep River police station.
The relative allegedly told the Police she was seen last morning at 07:00 when she left her house in Riesling Street, Constantia to go to work. Packham never arrived at school.
On Thursday at 19:33, Packham’s daughter, Nicola Packham, made a heart-warming entry on her Facebook page asking people that may have seen her mother to contact her, or her sister, Kerry Anne Packham, or their father, Rob Packham. The entry reads: “If anyone saw our precious mother, please contact us immediately.”
Sources familiar with the investigation said police found circuit television material at private homes in the area, indicating that a dark-colored BMW with a middle-aged man behind the wheel was seen around 13:00 in the area where the car burned later. The vehicle was also seen in the area later in the evening. It can also be seen that the same man (who was seen behind the wheel of the vehicle) had walked away from the area.
Packham’s house is about 2.2 km from the scene where the BMW was found.
On Friday, only vehicle tracks and parts of the melting axis of the vehicle that burned out were all that remained of the gruesome discovery made under the trees in Massinger Street.
On Friday morning a police vehicle and two police officers were seen at Packham’s house, and the immediate street in front of the house was cordoned off with yellow police tape. It was said that police had obtained warrant letters to search the Packhams home.
On Friday afternoon police also took pictures of Rob Packham’s vehicle, reports Jaco Marais. In addition to pictures of the vehicle itself, pictures of the wheels and the inside of the boot were taken. The boot was also searched.
Traut said it was “too early to tell if the two incidents could be linked”.
Penny Boock, Springfield Convent liaison officer, said on Friday that the family had asked them not to talk to the media about Packham.