Man returns from Cape Town to hand himself in after detective seeks family’s help
The man sought in connection with the murder of a 34-year-old woman at the Pine Lodge Resort in Port Elizabeth last week has been arrested, after he had earlier fled the city. The 25-year-old suspect, who will appear in court today, had worked as a casual staff member at the resort.
He handed himself in to police in Port Elizabeth on Saturday.
Police top brass yesterday hailed the work of Detective Constable John Leppan, who had worked “48 hours straight” to ensure the arrest.
While the motive for the murder remains unclear, police detectives and forensic experts found used condoms in the staff quarters where the woman was believed to have been killed.
Until the postmortem results are received, it also remains unclear whether she was raped and exactly what caused her death.
CCTV footage at the resort showed a man in blue overalls running with the partly naked woman over his shoulders at about 4.10am on Thursday.
He had allegedly run out of the staff room and placed the body under bushes bordering the Cape Recife nature reserve before fleeing.
The woman’s identity has since been established.