Sunday, 18 June 2006

Body of abducted women found

June 15 2006 at 08:26PM

The body of a 56-year-old woman was found in Vanderbijlpark two days after she was abducted during a farm attack, police said on Thursday.

Spokesperson Inspector Trudie Wilken said the body of Jacoba Elisabeth Welhemina Swieger was found by Vaal Rand police in a small-holding area on Thursday.

Wilken said on Wednesday it appeared Swieger had been overpowered by people on her Northdene small-holding on Tuesday night.

"She was then forced into the house where the culprits ransacked the house before making off with household appliances."

"Mr Swieger tried to reach his wife several times at night without success. But when he got home at 6.30am he realised that the door at the back of the house had been opened," she said.

"On closer investigation, he realised his wife was missing, as well as some household appliances."

Wilken said the man immediately called police and it was discovered that the family's Ford Ranger double-cab bakkie was also missing.

Police launched a search for the suspects and Swieger, and found her body in an open piece of veld behind a township area.

The cause of the woman's death would be investigated, said Wilken.

Swieger's 65-year-old husband Andre only discovered his wife was missing when he got home from work on Wednesday morning.

Police were still busy with a "massive hunt" for the suspects. - Sapa


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