DNA is expected to play a pivotal role in solving the murder of a man whose body was stuffed into a steel drum, set on fire and dumped in the Umgeni River near KwaDabeka.
The barrel, partially submerged, was found by a passerby on Monday morning near the Ulwandle Drive low-level bridge in KwaZulu Natal.
Police Search and Rescue Unit officers and crime scene technicians pulled the charred remains from the barrel and pulled to shore.
It is understood that the man’s skull had been crushed, likely by way of blunt force trauma.
Crime scene technicians utilised touch DNA on the dry portions of the barrel as part of their investigation.
Police spokesperson Colonel Thembeka Mbhele said that a murder case was opened at KwaDabeka police station.