91-year-old Agnes Elaine Burns and 87-year-old Rosemary Langton, the two women whose murders in a retirement village in Port Elizabeth caused shock waves last week. They were suffocated.
It was reported earlier that the two women’s bodies were discovered in their respective rooms at Stella Londt Retirement Center at 5:45 on Thursday. Their attacker (s) was believed to have accessed the corridor through an open window on the upper floor of the center, police said earlier.
According to police, Burns appears to have been overpowered first. Her hands and feet were tied, her mouth shut and her room looted. Langton’s body was found under similar conditions.
Police regard murder as the motive for the attack and two murder cases and a house robbery are being investigated.
COL. Eastern Cape police spokeswoman Priscilla Naidu said Monday the post-mortem showed Burns and Langton suffocated.
“There were also indications that they were strangled,” she said.
No one has been arrested in connection with the incident and the police investigation is ongoing.
The Stella Londt Retirement Village, part of the St. John group, after the incident, expressed his “incredible shock and deep sadness” about the incident in a statement.
“Alarming levels of violent crime are facing our country, especially against women and the most vulnerable in our communities. The events [last week] are a sad reminder of the enormous and symptomatic challenges that all South Africans have to face, ”Dr. Thabo Makgoba, Archbishop of the Anglican Church in Cape Town and Head of the St. John order in South Africa, said.
“As we try to process the tragic news, the management of Stella Londt, as well as the St. John order, that the safety and well-being of our residents and staff is the top priority. We therefore work closely with the police and our security service provider to determine the facts of this heinous crime. ”
Makgoba said the impact of the incident on the women’s families, other residents, the center’s staff as well as the wider St. John community, was significant.