Missing man found dead on farm days after burglary


Two men were arrested after the body of a man who had earlier been reported missing was found in a sugar cane plantation in Tongaat, KwaZulu-Natal.

Col. Robert Netshiunda, provincial police spokesperson, says the body of Russell Lexton Cromhout (69) was found in the Waterfall area in Tongaat on Saturday evening.

The police were called to a farm in the Waterfall area on Wednesday after rumors of a break-in. The house was ransacked and the owner as well as his vehicle were freed.

A search for Cromhout has been launched. The unit for serious violent crimes in Umhlali took over the investigation and arrested one of the suspects at a grocery store in Upper Tongaat on Saturday. A firearm and ammunition belonging to Cromhout were found in his possession.

A second suspect was also arrested and Cromhout’s vehicle as well as household items were found in his possession.

The suspects are charged with murder, burglary and theft, the illegal possession of a firearm and ammunition as well as the possession of suspected stolen property.

The two suspects, who were previously released on parole, are expected to appear in court on Monday.