Update on the body found on Chapmans Peak Drive

By Aziz Hartley taken from iol.co.za

A decomposed body, believed to be of a man who went missing in June, is retrieved by police and mountain rescue services.

Rescue services last night battled a strong wind down a dangerous cliff to recover a decomposed body below the Chapman’s Peak lookout point believed to be of a man reported missing in June.

He was last seen wandering near a cliff face on the slopes of Chapman’s Peak. Rescuers had used high angle ropes to get to barely inaccessible areas on the mountain and a helicopter assisted in the search in June, which proved fruitless.

Last night Hout Bay police spokesperson Tanya Lesch said a worker saw the body shortly after 11am.

“He saw what he thought was a stick, but he then realised it was a leg of human being. The deceased had on a black and white hooded top, jeans and a grey sock. It was a male and light of complexion, according to the person who found the body,” she said.

Lesch said somebody was reported missing in Hout Bay a few months ago, and while they believed the body recovered was his, police would withhold his identity until his family had been informed.

Emergency Medical Services provincial spokesperson Keri Davids said: “We tried sending a chopper out there, but it was just too windy.”

SA National Parks communications officer Merle Collins said: “Our High Altitude Alien Clearing team was busy clearing in that area when the body was discovered. They contacted our rangers.”

Emergency Medical Services head Cleeve Robertson said the body was brought off the mountain shortly before 8pm.

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