Police believe that a serial killer targeting teenage girls is on the loose in Pretoria and has already killed at least 10 girls, a report said on Thursday.
Detectives believe that the killer’s first murder was in 2004, the Times Live stated. The killer also rapes the girls.
Very little is known of the killer’s modus operandi which, according to police sources, appears to be to target teenagers in Pretoria’s northern and eastern suburbs.
The bodies of bound victims have been found dumped along rivers and streams running around Pretoria.
The police are yet to compile a profile of the killer.
Forensic psychologist Dr Jackie de Wet blamed police management for under-using the forensic psychology resources within its ranks.
All the victims, including a boy, were aged between 14 and 19, the Times Live said.
“Investigators are looking into at least 10 victims, but it could be more, a lot more,” a source told the newspaper.
“Members of the Search and Rescue Unit recently searched open veld near Eersterust where the bodies of five teenage girls, which are now also being looked at as possibly victims [of the serial killer], were found.
“If they are positively linked it could bring the number of victims up to 15,” he said.
The source states that the “bizarre crime scene” of the first murder led police to believe that a serial killer was roaming Pretoria’s streets.
The source refused to divulge what was strange about the scene for fear of jeopardising the investigation.