Mpumalanga Police Launch Manhunt to Find Man With Decomposing Corpse in His Ceiling

Mpumalanga Police Launch Manhunt to Find Man With Decomposing Corpse in His Ceiling

  • A manhunt has been launched to find a Mpumalanga man after a decomposing body was discovered in the ceiling of his home
  • Police were called to the scene to investigate after neighbours complained of an overwhelming stench emanating from the house
  • Authorities say that the body was at such an advanced level of decomposition that the gender was initially difficult to detect

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MPUMALANGA - Police are hunting for a man after a decomposing body was discovered in the ceiling of his home in Mpumalanga.

Police launch a man hunt
Mpumalanga police are looking for a man, Thabo Silas Tsotetsi, after a decomposing body was found in his ceiling. Image: Sean Murphy & Mpumalanga Saps
Source: UGC

Thabo Silas Tsotesti claimed the strong smell of decomposition was from dead rats when quizzed by his partner. However neighbour alerted the police when the stench became overbearing.

According to News24, police initially struggled to find the source of the smell, but they continued to investigate until they entered the room the smell was emanating from.

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The authorities broke the ceiling and discovered a human body wrapped in clothing. Brigadier Selvy Mohlala said the body's decomposition was so advanced that police could not identify the gender of the person.

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Law enforcement later determined that the body was a female based on the shoes the victim was wearing as well as nail polish and other identifying features.

According to TimesLIVE, Tsotesti's partner moved into the house in September so she could live with the after of her child. Tsotetsi's partner said that the man had left to run errands on Saturday but had not returned.

Police have urged anyone with information on his location to come forward and assist in the investigation. Informants can contact Detective Sergeant Moeketsi Mofokeng on 072 351 3801 or call Crime Stop on 08600 10111.

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South Africans react to the shocking discovery of the decomposing body

South Africans are disturbed by the chilling discovery. Below are some comments:

@SandileKaMsibi asked:

"Mpumalanga … whats happening?"

@leoxwayi claimed:

"Witchcraft at its best "

@heidi_vdh commented:

"I keep reading about bodies being found under beds or ceilings. How do these people live with a decomposing body's smell? Wouldn't flies, maggots, or insects be in and around the said body? It's disgusting, never mind, psychologically crazy."

German tourist shot and killed in attempted hijacking near the Kruger National Park in Mpumalanga

In other news, Briefly News reported that Masoyi police had launched a manhunt following the death of a German tourist on Monday afternoon, 3 October. The deceased man was part of a group of tourists headed to Mdluli Safari lodge near the Kruger National Park in White River.

Mpumalanga Police spokesperson Brigadier Selvy Mohlala said the tourists travelled in a Hyundai H1 on Numbi Road when three armed men driving a VW Caddy accosted them.

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Lerato Mutsila (Current affairs editor) Lerato Mutsila is a journalist with 3 years of experience. She obtained a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism from Pearson Institute of Higher Education in 2020, majoring in broadcast journalism, political science and communication. Lerato joined the Briefly News current affairs desk in August 2022. Mutsila is also a fellow of the 2021/2022 Young African Journalists Acceleration programme, which trained African journalists in climate journalism. You can contact Lerato at lerato.mutsila@breifly.co.za

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