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Port Elizabeth: SAPS Bethelsdorp detectives are urgently trying to trace the next of kin of an unidentified woman whose body was found lying in a lake yesterday morning,23/01. 

It is alleged that at about 09:15 a pastor went to his usual praying ground by 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 were rings on her wedding finger. No other visible injuries could be noted however a post mortem will be conducted to determine the cause of death as well as the race and age of the victim.

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 is asked to contact D/Capt Kobus Williams on 082 825 2357 or SAPS  Bethelsdorp on 041 404 3005  or Crime Stop 08600 10111. Callers have the right to remain anonymous. 


Chanté Meyer