A body, believed to be that of a 42-year-old woman was found at the Raditaba sewerage dam in Hamilton, Bloemfontein on Friday 10 November.
The deceased was last seen on the night of Monday 7 November, after she went to confront a neighbour about a tree that was hanging in her yard in Bloemanda.
She informed her kids about where she was going, and when she didn’t return until the next morning, her 13-year-old daughter went to enquire from the neighbour, who confirmed that she was there but said he had accompanied her back home.
The matter was reported to the police and a missing person’s docket was registered. On investigation into the neighbour’s yard, traces of blood and possible human flesh were found as well as a burnt mattress. Samples were referred to the lab for forensic tests.
At that time the neighbour was nowhere to be found. Attempts to trace him proved fruitless until Friday 10 November when he was traced to his hideout in Phase 9. After much interrogation, he led the police to the dam where the body was found.
Forensic tests will be conducted on the recovered body to determine the cause of death, to positively confirm if it is that of the reported missing woman, and to check if it is compatible to traces of blood and human flesh recovered at the neighbour`s house.
The 23-year-old suspect was charged with murder and will appear in the Bloemfontein Magistrates Court on Monday 13 November.