08 Oct 2013 06:30am
OTJWARONGO, 08 OCT (NAMPA) - A man and his three dogs were shot dead and buried in an aardvark burrow at Farm Vergenoeg in the Otjozondjupa Region on Sunday afternoon.
The Otjozondjupa Police Regional Crime Investigations Officer, Deputy Commissioner Moses Khairabeb told Nampa in an interview on Tuesday the deceased has been identified as Axarob Slinger, estimated to be in his 50s.
His family has been informed of his death.
Khairabeb said the deceased went missing late last week from his homestead which is adjacent to Farm Vergenoeg in the Hochfeld area, situated more than 240 kilometres south of Otjiwarongo.
When Slinger did not return home by Sunday, his family reported him as missing to the Hochfeld Police Station on Monday.
The police, along with some community members, then teamed up to search for the deceased.
Late on Monday afternoon, the police and the family members obtained information that Slinger was allegedly shot dead with his three dogs at Farm Vergenoeg, said Khairabeb.
On Tuesday morning, the police investigated the matter, and found the remains of Slinger and his dogs buried together in a shallow aardvark burrow.
The community members then turned violent, wanting to attack the 31-year-old man suspected of the killings.
The suspect, who is allegedly the son of the owner of Farm Vergenoeg, was arrested and taken to the Hochfeld Police Station holding cells on Tuesday.
The motive behind the killings is still not known, but police investigations continue.