Durban forensic pathologists will need to determine whether a woman, whose severely decomposed body washed ashore on Thursday, had her hands, head and feet removed by unnatural means.
The gruesome discovery of the headless corpse was made on Cuttings Beach in the Merebank area, south of Durban.
According to police, the state of decomposition was too advanced to ascertain if the missing body parts had been removed by unnatural means.
An inquest docket is being investigated.
In an unrelated incident, police were called out to the N3, where dismembered remains of an unknown man were found scattered across a 1km stretch of the freeway.
#sapsKZN Earlier this afternoon members from PMB Accident Combating Unit along with DBN & PMB SAPS Search & Rescue were called out to N3 Southbound. Dismembered remains of an unknown male were found scattered across a 1000m stretch of Freeway. Culpable homicide docket opened. TM pic.twitter.com/E4TKK0zCrK
— SA Police Service 🇿🇦 (@SAPoliceService) November 12, 2020
Members from Pietermaritzburg’s Accident Combating Unit along with Durban & Pietermaritzburg SAPS Search and Rescue (SAR), Durban Metro Police SAR and KZN Road Traffic Inspectorate (RTI) attended to the scene near the Hammarsdale interchange.
According to reports, the torso and one separate leg were found along the concrete centre median, while crushed body parts and skull fragments were located on the left hand shoulder of the freeway.
A case of culpable homicide is being investigated by Hammarsdale SAPS.
by Orrin Singh