Body found in shallow grave in house

The family of a Woodlands woman reported missing three months ago is awaiting DNA results to confirm whether it was her body which was found buried in a shallow grave inside a Mandalay house.

Lentegeur police following a tip on Friday January 27 searched the house where the man whom she was last seen with on October 14 resides.

During the search they found bloodied bedding and saw that the carpet had been cut.

Lentegeur police station spokesperson Constable Felicia Adams said they lifted the carpet and noticed that the flooring had been tampered with.

“Members then stopped the search and called the dog unit to assist. While searching the dog indicated that something might be buried there. A shallow grave was then discovered in the room and a body wrapped in a blanket was found in the shallow grave,” she said.

The 38-year-old was arrested and was due to appear in the Mitchell’s Plain Magistrate’s Court on Monday January 30. He faces a charge of murder.

Lentegeur SAPS acting station commander Lieutenant Colonel Harry Brickles thanked the Mandalay community for the assistance with the investigation.

“This is the kind of partnership needed in policing precincts. We as SAPS need the community to work hand in hand to eradicate crime,” he said.

A post-mortem will be conducted to determine the cause of death and DNA testing will be done to determine identification of the deceased.