A 66-year-old woman was reportedly found dead on a hiking trail in Barrydale on Monday morning.
According to Algoafm, Western Cape police found Erna Gericke’s badly injured body about 6km into the trail.
“She had parked her car in the parking spot for hikers near Rondomskrik in Barrydale at lunchtime on Sunday and was reported missing by her husband when she did not return home that evening,” the report said.
A search was launched with police units and residents in an attempt to find her. Her body was later found “badly injured” on Monday morning.
Paramedics declared her dead at the scene, Khumbe said in a report on Tuesday.
Meanwhile, News24 reported that police did not suspect any foul play, although an autopsy will be carried out.
Police said information was also passed on about the whereabouts of her missing car.
“Upon further investigation, the members found the car abandoned behind a hill near the Tradouwhoek with the right front window shattered,” The South African quoted police as saying.
Two suspects aged between 18 and 24 have since been arrested on a farm in the area, the report said.
#sapsWC Vigilant members, investigating the disappearance of a Barrydale woman (66), who was later found deceased on a hiking trail, recovered a vehicle belonging to the woman. 2 Suspects arrested for theft of motor vehicle. ME https://t.co/w4oCl1ezbV pic.twitter.com/CPk9Xw37oV
— SA Police Service 🇿🇦 (@SAPoliceService) March 23, 2021