By Shaanaaz de Jager
A SHOCKED Port Elizabeth couple are still mystified after builders discovered a badly decomposed body in a brick flower bed at their Bluewater Bay home.
Now police are searching for two former tenants who lived at the house in 2008, in the hope they might shed some light on the bizarre case.
The body, clothed in denim shorts and a khaki jacket, was covered by a blanket.
Initial indications were that it was that of a white male.
Robert White and his wife Leni could not believe their eyes when builders doing construction work in their backyard at 50 Bluewater Drive pointed out the grisly discovery last Thursday [January 12].
“I was shocked. I thought it might be some ancient remains,” Leni told Weekend Post.
Prior to moving back into the house at the beginning of December last year, the couple were living on the “newer side” of Bluewater Bay but chose to return to their original property in Bluewater Drive because they were not pleased with a cycle path near the other house.
The Whites bought the house in 2001 and have let it to a number of tenants over the years.
Police are now interested in tracking down two of these tenants – Wynand Hibbers and Phillip Bakkes – who lived at the property in 2008. Police spokesman Captain Andre Beetge said on Friday [January 13] the two men might be able to provide “information that could be of use”. He appealed to them, or anyone who knew them, to contact the police.
Hibbers is about 45 years old while Bakkes’s age is unknown.
The Whites, who are British and German respectively and have lived in South Africa since 1983, had been renovating their backyard to build a carport. It was while workmen were knocking down a wall and its adjoining brick flower bed that they discovered the grisly remains.
Robert said he was “utterly shocked”.
“I got a call to come home early. The workers told me they had found something. I thought I had to supervise the modifications to the house or maybe there was a broken pipe. This [skeleton] I did not expect.”
They immediately called the Swartkops police and officers and forensics inspectors were deployed to the scene.
“It feels weird. This doesn’t happen. Who is this person? I’ll be happy if someone will now find their missing family member,” Leni said.
Her husband likened the discovery to “something you see on TV but never expect in your own garden”.
Beetge said police were working “around the clock” to discover the identity of the corpse. The cause of death was not yet known.
* Anyone with information may contact Warrant Officer Jacques Leonard on 082-442-1683.
This is a shortened version of an article that appeared in the print edition of Weekend Post on Saturday January 21.
Article source: http://theweekendpost.com/2012/01/19/bay-garden-corpse-riddle/