May 31 2006 at 12:19AM
An elderly farmer and his wife have been murdered in the Vrede district, Free State police said on Tuesday.
Superintendent Motarafi Ntepe said a shepherd looking for a lost cow found the body of Jacobus van Tonder in his bakkie at 5pm on Monday. The vehicle had been abandoned in the veld.
The shepherd could only notify police of the finding on Tuesday morning.
When police arrived at the farmer's home on the farm, Merino, they found Van Tonder's wife, Charlotte, dead in the kitchen.
"The incident could have happened over the weekend," Ntepe said.
The exact cause of their deaths was unknown.
Ntepe said it seemed that Van Tonder's firearm had been stolen. - Sapa