A 23-year-old man is is expected to appear in the Bloemfontein Magistrate’s Court today on a murder charge.
The man was arrested after a woman’s body was found at the Raditaba sewerage dam in Hamilton on Friday.
He is believed to be the woman’s neighbour.
According to the police, the 42-year-old woman was last seen on Monday when she went to confront a neighbour about a tree hanging in her yard.
“She informed her kids about where she was going and when she didn’t return [by] the morning, her 13-year-old daughter went to inquire from the neighbour and he confirmed that she was there but said he had accompanied her back home,” the police said.
The matter was later reported to the police and a missing persons docket was registered.
Traces of blood and possible human flesh were found, as well as a burnt mattress, upon investigations in the neighbour’s yard.
“At that time, the neighbour was nowhere to be found. Attempts to trace him proved fruitless until on Friday, 10 November, when he was traced to his hide-out in Phase 9, Mangaung. After interrogation, he led the police to the dam where the body was found.”