Body remains of a field ranger discovered in Kruger National Park


South Africa National Parks (SANParks) confirmed on Friday, 18 December 2020 that the body remains of a 51-year-old field ranger was discovered in Kruger National Park, Times Live reports.

It is speculated that the remains belong to that of a field ranger, Checkers Mashego who went missing near the Stolsneck area of the Kruger National Park in November 2020.

Items belonging to Mashego were positively identified, however a DNA test will have to confirm whether the remains found at the scene is that of Mashego’s.

SANParks’, Isaac Phaahla stated that Mashego disappeared on 17 November 2020 and that a search party investigating the area where Mashego was last seen stumbled on items belonging to the 51-year-old on 17 December 2020.

“The items include what is believed to be human remains and SANParks equipment used by field ranger Mashego,” stated Paahla

It is still unclear whether there was an act of foul play that was responsible for Mashego’s death. Police spokesperson, Colonel Donald Mdhluli stated: “An investigation into what transpired is in progress to reveal details about how the victim disappeared.”

Mashego’s family has been notified of the discovery and have received condolences and support from Environment, Forestry and Fisheries Minister, Barbara Creecy and SANParks CEO Fundisile Mketeni.

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