Breakthrough in Siam Lee murder case

Lester Mason
January 18, 2018

Dressed immaculately in a white shirt and grey trousers, the man believed to be behind the kidnapping and murder of 20-year-old Siam Lee is now is police custody.

The police's Thembeka Mbhele: "An unlicensed firearm was recovered from his house".

She says investigations are still in an early phase and while police believe they've apprehended the main suspect, it's unclear if more arrests will be made. "We are still however waiting on postmortem results on the body found in New Hanover to confirm it is the body of Siam Lee", he said.

Investigators released an identikit of the man, who was said to be driving a vehicle in which Lee was last spotted three weeks ago.

In a Facebook post, local investigator, Brad Nathanson, said, "Yesterday morning this office directed the SAPS to where they recovered and seized the black Vito that was allegedly used in Siam Lee's abduction". At 5pm, this office detained and arrested a 29-year-old man who we believe abducted and murdered Siam Lee.

Siam Lee's body is officially identified by members of her family who were called to the mortuary at the New Hanover police station.

"We commend the SAPS for their dedication and hard work on this case and trust that truth and justice will prevail", he said.

The KwaZulu-Natal acting provincial commissioner, Major General Bheki Langa hailed the breakthrough.

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