The body of a 26-year-old man was retrieved from the Vaal River in Villiers on Friday after he was reported missing by his family earlier.
Police said divers led by Lt Col Conrad Fouche were called to the river after police in Villiers were informed by the family that clothes suspected to be that of the man were found near the river.
“A Bible with his name and address with the clothes assisted a cattle herder to locate the family.”
Family members explained that he went missing on Monday, 27 September 2021, but did not report as they thought he was roaming around Qalabotjha in Villiers, which was not worrisome to them at that time.
“They assert that they only became worried when a cattle herder came to their house to report that he found the Bible of the missing person next to the river with all of his clothing also lying there.
“He alleged that he gathered the details of the missing person from the front page of the Bible with his address as well.”
Police said family members went to the river where the clothing was found and identified by them.
“A post-mortem will be held to determine the cause of death. An inquest docket is under investigation.”
Meanwhile, earlier this month a seven-year-old girl who was reported missing was found dead in a maize field near the Phahameng section in Tlholong Township on Monday.
Police spokesperson Brigadier Motantsi Makhele said Tshepang Mosikidi (7) was reported missing on Saturday.
“On Saturday, 18 September 2021, a seven-year-old girl of Phahameng section in Tlholong Township near Kestell went missing.