Gqeberha: SAPS Bethelsdorp detectives are urgently seeking community assistance in tracing the next of kin of an unidentified woman who was found in a storm water drain on Wednesday, 31 August 2022.

It is alleged that at about 17:50, municipal workers were working in the area of Kwanoxolo clearing blockages in storm water drains when they came across the body of an unknown female found inside the drain at the back of Nompumelelo Street. The woman is believed to be a coloured female between the ages of 20-30 years old. She had no visible injuries and her body was already in a state of decomposition. She was naked when found.

The deceased had several tattoos on her foot, arm and back. On her right foot, she had several sizes of hearts and her left forearm sported a bible with a cross and a crown above it. On her back the name VELENCIA RIP followed by the name/word PAILO written

At this stage police have opened an inquest pending the post mortem report.

Anyone who can assist SAPS Bethelsdorp in their investigation or may know of a female that has been missing for a while or may be able to identify the deceased woman through the tattoos, is urgently asked to contact D/Sgt Attie Knoetze on 084 660 8003 or 041 404 3064 or Crime Stop on 08600 10111 or the nearest police station or by using MySAPS app.

Source: South African Police Service

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