Cops hope necklace can ID murdered women

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By Daneel Knoetze

Cape Town - Police are no closer to establishing the identities of two women whose bodies were found dumped in a vineyard near the farming town of Rawsonville on New Year’s Day.

Police have released a picture of a necklace that was found on one of the women in the hope that someone may recognise it.

If anyone does recognise it, they should contact

Warrant Officer Gideon Geldenhuys of the Rawsonville police at 079 497 4992.

 

An officer at the Rawsonville police station said that fingerprints were taken from the victims and investigating officers were waiting to see whether results would lead them to an identity.

Since Wednesday, no one has stepped forward to open a missing person’s case in the area, nor has there been any response to the police’s appeal to the public for information that could lead to the identification of the women and the arrest of a suspect.

On Wednesday, police remained tight-lipped on the murder docket and the victims.

No meaningful description of either of the women was given in a police press release on the incident – the victims were identified merely as two women in their late twenties.

The man who discovered one of the bodies, Pieter Muller, a farmworker on Witelsboom farm in the Slanghoek Valley, said it was too decomposed and swollen to make any meaningful inferences about the woman’s appearance.

Speaking to the Cape Argus on Wednesday, Muller described the scene where the body was discovered as “horrific”.

“I have not been able to sleep since I saw her rigged up in the wires of the vineyard like that. It was truly awful. The image is just replaying in my head,” he said.

 

daneel.knoetze@inl.co.za

Cape Argus

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