PORT ELIZABETH The body of a woman found in a lake in Bethelsdorp on 23 January 2020 is yet to be identified.

It is alleged that at about 09:15 a pastor went to his usual praying ground at a lake behind the West End swimming pool to conduct his morning prayers when he noticed something in the water between the reeds. Initially, he thought it was a cardboard box but on closer inspection he discovered that it was the body of a naked woman whose hands and feet were bound with cable ties. A towel was wrapped around her head. There was a ring on her wedding finger. It is discoloured (could be fake).

The deceased female is believed to be between the ages of 14 and 20 years old. There is a tattoo on her lower right leg with a name which is either Shelain or Helain (not too clear). She was wearing a pink gown. No other visible injuries could be noted however post mortem results are awaited.

The body was retrieved from the water by Port Elizabeth K9 Search and Rescue Unit. Police are investigating a case of murder and are appealing to anyone who can assist in identifying the woman or may know of a missing woman or can assist in tracing the suspect to contact Detective Sergeant Tandiswa Nobebe on 067 403 1910 or SAPS Bethelsdorp on 041 404 3005 or Crime Stop 08600 10111. Callers have the right to remain anonymous.

Source: South African Police Service