13/12/2006 19:31 - (SA)
Johannesburg - An elderly man was found dead in the veld at Venterspos, Westonaria, West Rand police said on Wednesday.
Superintendent Milica Bezuidenhout said Piet Swanevelder's body was found with a bullet wound in his stomach at about 15:00 on Tuesday, and his bicycle worth R300 was missing.
It was alleged that on Monday afternoon, the 65-year-old congregation member had volunteered to clean his local church.
"He then cycled to church which was only about one kilometre away from his house."
He did not return home, but his body was discovered by a group of quad bike riders in the veld, Bezuidenhout said.
She said it appeared that the motive for the murder was theft of the bicycle.