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6 Oct 2016
11:54 am

Cold case reopened as analysis of human remains provides new clues


Police say a woman discovered the bones near a farm in the Free State three years ago.

Facial compilation of skeletal remains found in Hennenman in the Free State. Picture: Supplied

Human skeletal remains found in a small town in the Free Sate province have been analysed by forensic anthropologists and identified as those of a coloured woman.

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In a statement on Thursday, police spokesperson Mamello Mokhuoane said a woman discovered the bones near Courtland’s Farm in Hennenman in October, 2013, and immediately informed police.

The remains were sent for forensic analysis.

Mokhuoane said the Welkom Local Criminal Record Centre worked with anthropologists from various universities to “estimate a biological profile”.

“A facial compilation of the skeletal remains was constructed using the biological profile.”

It is believed the woman was aged between 17 and 27 when she died.

Police are appealing to relatives to come forward with information and contact Hennenman police at 057 573 9100 or the crime stop number at 08600 10111.

– African News Agency (ANA)