Remains of an unidentified person were discovered in Njube suburb in Bulawayo on Monday, police have confirmed.
The skeleton was discovered in a swampy area in O Square at around 12 pm.
Bulawayo police spokesperson Inspector Abednico Ncube said an informant stumbled on the skeleton and alerted the police.
“The informant discovered a human skeleton in a swampy area in ‘O’ Square in Njube at around 12pm when he was doing a routine check on water drainage trenches behind the gardens. He found the skeleton by the edge the drainage and investigations are in progress,” said Insp Ncube.
“Officers from ZRP Njube Criminal Investigations Department (CID) attended the scene, found the human skeleton lying facing upwards wrapped with a yellowish-whitish cloth, the skull and some of the ribs were detached from the main skeleton.”
Insp Ncube said through observation the skeleton was of an adult person but they could not ascertain the gender and age.
“The state of the remains show that the body might have been at the place for a period exceeding four months while perimeter checks were made at the scene and nothing was found that could link to the identity of the deceased,” he said.
“The fact that the body was wrapped in a cloth indicates that a foul play is suspected and the remains were taken to United Bulawayo Hospital (UBH) for post mortem.”