An 18-year-old teenager has been arrested for murder after the decomposing body of her mother was found on the side of the road days after she had reported her missing in Free State, South Africa.
Spokesperson for the Free State police, Brigadier Motantsi Makhele, in a statement on Friday, October 29, said that the teenager’s 19-year-old boyfriend has also been arrested.
Makhele said the teenager opened a missing persons case on Tuesday, 19 October. She allegedly told police that she last saw her 46-year-old mother, Sharon Fisher, alive on 14 October.
On Sunday 24 October, the mother’s decomposed body was found near the R721 Kroonstad/Vredefort road.
“Her arrest emanated from an inquest docket, which was opened following the discovery of the body of her 46-year-old mother. Her decomposed body could not yet be identified at the time of discovery, and was taken to the State mortuary where the family later assisted with identification thereof,” Makhele said.
“Subsequently, investigation linked the deceased to the reported missing person file that was reported by her 18-year-old daughter on Tuesday, 19 October 2021. She alleged that she last saw her mother alive on Thursday 14 October 2021. A post mortem was conducted as part of ongoing investigation and determined the cause of death as strangulation
“The inquest docket changed to a murder case. It was later found out that the daughter is implicated according to the evidence obtained at her residence in Brentpark, Kroonstad during investigation
“She was arrested on Wednesday, 27 October 2021. On the same day, investigation led the members to her 19-year-old boyfriend, residing at Morewag in Kroonstad. It is suspected that he was also involved in this case.” he added.
The duo appeared at Kroonstad Magistrates’ Court on Friday, 29 October 2021 facing a charge of murder.