Dumped hu­man re­mains could be of foe­tus or boy

Weekend Post (South Africa) - - NEWS -

AN in­ves­ti­ga­tion has been launched to de­ter­mine if hu­man re­mains found at an in­for­mal dump site in Veeplaas are those, of ei­ther a foe­tus or a baby boy.

Po­lice spokesman Cap­tain An­dré Beetge said au­thor­i­ties had been alerted when res­i­dents re­ported hu­man re­mains on the dump site yesterday.

Ac­cord­ing to po­lice on the scene, the re­mains were so badly mu­ti­lated that they could not tell if they were of a foe­tus or a baby.

“The site is be­ing used as an in­for­mal rub­bish tip by res­i­dents in the area.

“The foe­tus or body is be­lieved to be that of a boy and pos­si­bly dumped there af­ter an il­le­gal abor­tion or by a par­ent who sim­ply aban­doned him,” Beetge said.

“The re­mains were dis­mem­bered, mak­ing it im­pos­si­ble for us to tell if it is a baby or a foe­tus.”

Beetge said a post­mortem and foren­sic anal­y­sis would as­sist with iden­ti­fy­ing the par­ents as well as de­ter­min­ing if it was a baby or foe­tus.

“At the mo­ment this is an in­quest be­cause of the un­cer­tainty. Once the re­sults are back, the docket could pos­si­bly change to mur­der or child aban­don­ment.”

A time­line as to when the foren­sic re­sults would be fi­nalised could not be given.

Beetge said any­one with in­for­ma­tion was urged to come for­ward to the near­est po­lice sta­tion. – Gareth Wil­son

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