THE body of Ken Price, 73, who went missing at Malvern Police Station last year, in December, was found in a morgue in Richard’s Bay.
According to KZN police spokesman Lt Col Nqobile Gwala, Price was residing alone at Oliver Leese Road in Malvern.
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“It was reported that Price was last seen on November 17, 2021. Malvern Detectives attended the victim’s place of residence and upon arrival noticed bloodstains, but the victim was nowhere to be found,” Gwala said.
Police also realized that some of Price’s possessions, including two bicycles, a DVD player, tools and other items, had been stolen.
On May 12, police received word that a neighbor was advertising the sale of motorcycles owned by Price.
The police went to the neighbour’s home, searched the premises and found items belonging to the victim.
“The neighbor led the police to Savannah Park and Chatsworth where two other suspects were arrested. They were also found in possession of the victim’s personal effects.
“They said they did not know where the victim was when they were questioned. The suspects, aged 22 and 31, have been arrested and charged with possession of stolen property,” Gwala reported.
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They appeared in Pinetown Magistrates Court on May 16 and were remanded in custody until May 20 to apply for bail.
The investigation by Malvern detectives led to the recovery of Price’s body from Richard’s Bay morgue on Thursday May 19.
Gwala said it is alleged the victim was at his home when he was attacked by the suspects who assaulted him with a hammer to the body and head.
“The suspects covered his body with plastic and drove to Richard’s Bay where they dumped him in the dense bush. The decomposed body was found on December 7, 2021 in Maguzulu area of Empangeni,” the police spokesperson said.
A murder case has been opened at Malvern Police Station for investigation, and the suspects have also been charged with murder.
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