A recent spate of killings in Muckleneuk, Pretoria, has led police to believe that there may be a serial killer on the loose in the capital.
As reported by eNCA, the body of a fourth homeless person was found in the capital in a span of two weeks.
The bodies of three of the homeless victims were found within 500-metres of each other, near a park that police believe may be the killing grounds of an unknown serial killer.
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According to police spokesperson, Captain Daniel Mavimbela, investigators have noticed a pattern in the way in which all four victims were killed.
All four victims were homeless males of senior age. They were all stabbed in the upper regions of the body and also suffered blunt force trauma to the head.
The bodies were all found within a short distance from the Muckleneuk park. Captain Mavimbela revealed that although there is a lack of sufficient evidence to break the case wide open, a team of officers has been deployed to the area to increase visibility and prevent more killings.
“The fourth body was discovered this morning. On this occasion, it was at a different location, which is at the intersection of Justice Mohamed and Troye Street.
“From preliminary investigations, and also due to this current incident, it appears as if — because of the saturation of members and intensified patrols around areas like parks — that has also displaced this incident to a different location,” he said.
Homeless people urged to practice safety
The police have issued a warning to all homeless people living in the capital to practice extreme measures of safety and to report ll suspicious persons to the nearest station.
“Be that as it may, we were going around — even this morning — talking to the homeless people and ensuring that our calls for them to remain and stay vigilant, and also sleep in groups,” Captain Mavimbela revealed.