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Police braces to identify three burnt bodies in centurion

on Monday Three burnt bodies were discovered by the Copperleaf Golf Estate Security personnel after they went into the veld to investigate grass fire in Centurion.

South African Police Service
South African Police Service

 The security immediately called paramedics who were able to see that the victims appeared to be two adults and a child.

Police and forensic personnel were also at the scene soon after the bodies were found, cordoning off the area and combing the veld for clues.

Splatters of blood were visible, several packets of used condoms were also found at the scene along with burnt tyres.

Four Northcliff, Johannesburg, family members were nervous as they approached the scene where the distinct outline of three burnt bodies lay smoldering in the veld.

They looked for clues and anything that could give them an idea of the identities of the deceased or anything that could point to them as the relatives who went missing on Sunday evening.

Police spokesperson Lieutenant-Colonel Kay Makhubele explained to them the only way to verify the identities and see if they were family members was through DNA tests.

“The bodies are burnt beyond recognition and there is nothing that police can work on except for DNA tests,” he said.

“We are waiting for forensics to identify the gender and the age of the deceased,” said Makhubele.

The family told the police that they feared the burnt remains belonged to their loved ones.

Fuad Patel said when they heard that the three bodies had been discovered in Centurion, they kind of already had an idea that something may have happened.

Patel said three family members, a 56-year-old man and two women, aged 54 and 22, were kidnapped from their home in North cliff on Sunday evening and the kidnappers fled in the family’s Mercedes-Benz.

“When I heard that three bodies were discovered in a field I nearly fainted, at the moment we don’t have any ideas”. he said.

“What keeps me hopeful is that my missing cousin’s cell phone is still on and ringing,” he added.

ER24 spokesperson Russell Meiring said they could see that the bodies had been bound, gagged and burnt, but the actual cause of death would be determined only by a post-mortem and a law enforcement investigation.

Patel said he would brace himself for anything on Tuesday when he went to the mortuary to identify the bodies.

Police officers at the scene said they were treating the deaths as suspicious.

On Tuesday Lieutenant-Colonel Kay Makhubele called to anyone who is family or with information to assist the police.


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