SA identifies second body of missing British horticulturalists

The body of a British horticulturalist, who was kidnapped with her husband in a case with suspected links to the Islamic State group (IS), has been identified by South African police.

Rachel Saunders, 63, and Rodney, 73, disappeared while looking for rare seeds in KwaZulu-Natal province in February.

Rodney Saunders’ body was discovered days later in a river in the province and was positively identified in April.

The Hawks gave no details of where Rachel’s body was located.

Suspects Fatima Patel, 27, and Saffydeen Aslam del Vecchio, 38, were arrested on 16 February.

They are alleged to have hoisted an IS flag in the reserve where the couple disappeared.

They remain in custody, along with a third suspect, Malawian national Ahmad Mussa, 36.

The fourth suspect, Themba Xulu, 19, was found in possession of the victims’ mobile phones and was arrested – he struck a plea bargain and was given a suspended three-year sentence

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