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Stephan Lehman
1 minute read
22 Feb 2019
9:09 am

Woman’s body found in suitcase buried in shallow grave

Stephan Lehman

The woman’s body was discovered by police on Tuesday after being reported missing a day before.

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Gauteng SAPS is investigating a case of murder after the body of a 42-year-old Edenvale woman was recently found, reports Bedfordview Edenvale News.

Her body was discovered by police on Tuesday in a suitcase buried in a shallow grave near the R511 road in Pretoria West.

Earlier this week, police said they believe the woman was a Dowerglen resident.

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“It can be confirmed that the deceased was reported missing on February 18 at Edenvale SAPS,” said SAPS spokesperson Brig Mathapelo Peters.

She said through collaboration by police from Limpopo and Gauteng, along with Tracker, police found the woman’s partially burnt Mercedes Benz.

The car was later found by Limpopo police in Jane Furse in Limpopo.

“On February 19, Sergeant Henning of Pretoria K9 Unit employed the services of search-and-rescue dog Tyson to search for the woman,” said Peters.

“Tyson reacted positively to a spot in the veld and after some digging, the police found a travel suitcase.”

Peters said Tyson reacted positively to the suitcase, and it was later determined that the woman’s body was in the suitcase.

Peters said a post-mortem would be conducted to determine the exact cause of death.

“A motive for the murder is yet to be determined,” said Peters

Police are appealing for information from the public to establish the circumstances surrounding the woman’s death, and to apprehend the perpetrator(s) of this crime.

Information can be reported, anonymously, by calling the crime stop number 08600 10111, or by contacting the nearest police station.

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