Cape Town – The body of a 73-year-old man Ken Price was reportedly found on Friday in a mortuary in Richards Bay, KwaZulu-Natal, six months after he was reported missing by his family.
According to IOL, Price lived alone in Malvern, KZN. He was last seen on November 17.
After not being able to reach him, Price’s family reported him missing on December 6.
“At the time detectives from Malvern SAPS proceeded to the victim’s place of residence, and on arrival, they noticed blood stains but the victim was nowhere to be seen. They also realised that some of the victim’s belongings – including two bikes, DVD player, tools and other items –were stolen,” the report quoted KZN police spokesperson Lieutenant-Colonel Nqobile Gwala as saying.
Times Live reported that the police got a tip-off in May about a neighbour who was advertising motorbikes, belonging to Price, for sale.
“Police proceeded to the neighbour’s house, searched the premises, and found items belonging to the victim. He led the police to Savanah Park and Chatsworth where two other suspects were arrested. They were also found in possession of the victim’s belongings. They claimed to not know the whereabouts of the victim when they were questioned. The suspects aged 22 and 31 were arrested and charged for possession of stolen property,” said Gwala as quoted by the report.
According to The Witness, further investigations by the police, led them to a mortuary in Richards Bay where they found Price’s body.
It was believed that the suspects assaulted Price with a hammer on the body and head before covering him with plastic and driving to Richards Bay to dump him in bushes.
“They covered his body with plastic and drove to Richards Bay where they dumped him in the dense bush. The decomposed body was recovered on December 7 at the Maguzulu area in Empangeni,” the report quoted Gwala as saying.
The suspects appeared in the Pinetown magistrate’s court on May 16 and were remanded in custody, said the report.
Compiled by Sinothando Siyolo