September 01 2009 at 12:03PM
By Caryn Dolley
She was "exhausted" and just wanted to get home, but as she was walking towards her car she was apparently ambushed and then beaten and strangled "until her body couldn't take it any more".
German expatriate Kristina Gebhardt, 27, was killed in a Cape Town parkade nearly two weeks ago.
A housemate found her body in the boot of her car after spotting the vehicle being driven by a stranger and stopping it.
The body is expected to arrive in Germany on Tuesday.
Gebhardt's best friend and spokeswoman for her family, Susanne Franz, said police were piecing together what happened.
She said Gebhardt had last been seen alive when she left the Long Street bookstore where she worked and headed for the parkade at 5.55pm.
At 6pm, her housemate, Joe Oosthuizen, called Franz and asked if she had seen Gebhardt, whose cellphone was switched off. At 7pm, Oosthuizen spotted Gebhardt's car.
Franz said that according to a post-mortem report, Gebhardt received "many fatal blows" and was strangled.
"Her body just shut down."
She had not been raped.
Gebhardt had been "exhausted" as she was working and studying and sometimes got to bed at 4am.
Delphe Rogers Nbaende, 28, a parkade security guard, has appeared in court. Police are looking for a car guard, Sankweno Vuaka Guelor, 29, they believe may help the probe.
This article was originally published on page 6 of Cape Times on September 01, 2009