Decomposed body of woman found near Southport beach

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The decomposed body of a woman was found in bushes near Southport beach on Tuesday afternoon.  Police spokesperson Lt-Col Zandra Wiid said the body had not yet been identified, and an investigation was continuing.  A post mortem was to be held to determine the cause of death.

Unconfirmed Facebook reports say a man has confessed that he had something to do with the woman’s death.

EARLIER REPORTS:

The case of the missing Southport woman has taken a new turn.  A 23-year-old man who appeared on a charge of kidnapping in the Port Shepstone Magistrates court on Monday, was not prosecuted for kidnapping, but immediately re-arrested on a charge of attempted murder.  This charge resulted from an incident about a month ago.  He will appear in court on the attempted murder charge on Wednesday.  So far there has been no sign of the missing woman.

STOP PRESS STATEMENT BY PORT SHEPSTONE SAPS:

The Public Prosecutor declined to prosecute the accused on the kidnapping charge and he was released.  He was however arrested again for attempted murder.  On 2014-10-24 at 00:00 it is alleged  that an argument broke out at a pub in Southport and the suspect was thrown out of the pub with his friends.  He allegedly became aggressive outside and stabbed the 33-year-old victim in this case in the face, hand and chest and shoulder.  The victim was admitted to hospital.  The accused will appear in court again on 2014-11-19 for this attempted murder case. 

 

PREVIOUS PRESS RELEASE::

Police in Southport area are investigating a Kidnapping case.  A 23-ear old man was arrested on Friday evening in the Southport area and will be appearing in court today.  It is believed that he was the last person seen with a missing woman on the beach at Southport.  He appeared in the Port Shepstone court on Monday.

EARLIER STATEMENT BY PORT SHEPSTONE SAPS:

A missing person report has been opened at Southport SAPS after Ella Sophia Potgieter (44) was reported missing by a close friend.

She was last seen on 13 November at 08:00 when she went down to the beach.

She was wearing a blue top and three quarter denim shorts.

The public are urged to contact Southport SAPS on 039 681 9900/681 9907.

Ella Sophia.
Ella Sophia Potgieter

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