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22-year-old sought by PE police after parents' charred bodies found in Kwadwesi

Oct 10, 2018
22-year-old sought by PE police after parents' charred bodies found in Kwadwesi

The charred remains suspected to be of a couple of Govan Mbeki locality of Kwadwesi, Port Elizabeth, was discovered on Wednesday morning while their 22-year-old son is missing.

"This followed after police were alerted by the community of Govan Mbeki at 14:30, on Tuesday, that the 60-year-old Mountain Sipho Taule and his 55-year-old wife, Jeanette Taule, had not been seen by neighbours for more than a week," said police spokesperson, Captain Andre Beetge.

"After police officers from Kwadwesi SAPS visited their home in Mti Street at 15:00, it was also discovered that their 22-year-old mentally challenged son, Wonga Taula, was also not home.

"Evidence inside the house lead police to suspect foul play and a search for the couple and their son ensued."

Kwadwesi residents joined in search, but to no avail

Capt Beetge said that by 16:30, residents in the area joined police in the search at the family and friends' homes as well as at places they regularly visited.

"After the search was stopped on Tuesday night, when it became too dark, the search was resumed on Wednesday morning from 08:00," he added.

"The search also included the SAPS K9 Search and Rescue Unit.

"By 08:25, the charred remains of a adult male was found approximately 70 metres from the Taule home in an open field next to the fence of Tyilulwaza High School."

He added that SAPS forensic experts also found possible charred bone fragments on the Taule home premises in a spot where fire was made recently.

"It is suspected that the couple's bodies were burnt there and the male body dumped in the open field," Captain Beetge said.

"The missing 22-year-old son is a person of interest and plays a vital role in this murder investigation.

"Any person that can assist police in finding Wonga can contact Detective Captain Poppie Ngcakana at 083 651 9876."

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