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Paula-Ann Smit
1 minute read
14 Aug 2018
2:58 pm

Family finds missing Kempton Park woman in morgue

Paula-Ann Smit

Itumeleng Matsoabe, 23, was allegedly killed a day after her kidnapping, but her body remained unidentified in a morgue for more than a week.

The late Itumeleng Matsoabe

A 23-year-old missing Ivory Park woman was found dead in a government morgue last week Wednesday, nine days after her disappearance, Kempton Express reports.

An autopsy confirmed she was drugged and strangled to death. Extension 9 resident Itumeleng Matsoabe was allegedly kidnapped after leaving her home at about 6.15pm on July 30. Her family did not know where she was going.

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According to Captain Lesibana Molokomme, spokesperson for Norkem Park SAPS, Matsoabe’s mother received a call from the alleged kidnapper 45 minutes later.

“According to the victim’s mother, her daughter was crying over the phone,” Molokomme told Kempton Express. The distraught mother begged the suspect not to harm her daughter. “The phone went off and was never answered again,” Molokomme added.

Matsoabe’s body was found in the Tswelopele area of Ivory Park the next day, but her family had to wait another eight days before police could confirm she had been killed.

“An investigating officer recognised Matsoabe’s body in a mortuary in Germiston, and she was positively identified by her family,” said Captain Bernard Matimulane, spokesperson for Ivory Park SAPS.

The station took over the case from Norkem Park SAPS, as Matsoabe was found in their area. The station is investigating a case of murder and kidnapping.

Matimulane told Kempton Express on Monday that no arrests had yet been made.

Anyone with information about Matsoabe’s alleged kidnapping and murder is urged to contact D/Const Moses Nthoke on 078 589 9747.

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