Thursday, 28 October 2021

Viljoensdrift: An inquest docket is under investigation by Viljoensdrift SAPS police after the lifeless body of an African male was found in the Vaal River, behind Richmond Village in Viljoensdrift, on Thursday; 16 September 2021.

The police were called to the river by a man who went fishing who was alerted by a foul smell and went to investigate. On discovery of a floating body, he called the police and other role players who certified the man dead after retrieval of the body from the river by SAPS Divers from Bloemfontein.

The deceased is an unknown adult male who is about 35 years old, 1,75m tall in height and weighing about 75kg. He has a golden upper tooth and was dressed in a blue and white T shirt with a blue pair of jeans.

His corpse was already decomposed, estimated to have been about 14 to 20 days in the water. An inquest was opened for investigation as no foul play is suspected at this stage.

Investigating Officer of this inquest docket, Detective Warrant Officer Johan Du Toit requests community members to assist in tracing the next of kin of this deceased unknown man. Any person with any information may contact WO Du Toit on 082 301 3033 or (016) 975 6261.