Headless body of woman found in Umbilo, one suspect arrested - head, finger retrieved
On 23 January 2018, at 14:30, the body of a woman in her 30s was found by a passer-by in the bushes at Pigeon Valley, Umbilo. On police arrival at the scene, the body was found half naked and some body parts including the head were missing. A case of murder was opened and investigation ensued. On 29 January 2018 , after thorough investigation and with the assistance by the community, a suspect (32) was arrested and detained in Umbilo police station. Thorough interrogation led to the recovery of the missing finger as well as the head belonging to the victim. The suspect will be charged with murder and will appear in Durban Magistrates' Court soon.
The KwaZulu-Natal Acting Provincial Commissioner, Major General Bheki Langa praised the members for their quick response in apprehending the suspect and the recovery of the missing parts. " We will ensure that we do everything within our control to ensure that the suspect is placed before a competent court so that he can account for his actions. We appreciated the commitment shown by the members of the community in fighting crime in our province. We appeal to anyone with a missing family member to contact Umbilo police station on 031 203 2407/6 or Crime Stop on 08600 10111, " he said.