DNA evidence suggests serial killer

A team has been established to investigate 14 murders in Pretoria over the last 10 years.

Police tape closes off a crime scene. Picture: EWN.

PRETORIA - Police say detectives will study a further ten dockets as part of their ongoing effort to determine whether a serial killer is on the loose in the Pretoria area.

National Police Commissioner Riah Phiyega confirmed on Sunday that a top team of investigators have been assigned to check for similarities in crimes spanning nearly a decade.

Phiyega said police are now studying 14 murder dockets from Sunnyside, Villeria and Mamelodi.

The police's Neville Malila says the four cases studied so far have shown similarities in their modus operandi.

She said in these four separate cases, a young woman was killed, using the same method. DNA evidence from each case was traced back to the same man.

The oldest docket in the pile dates back to 2004 and is believed to be that of a young Mamelodi girl found raped and murdered.

The commissioner said more dockets are being investigated to identify further possible links. Other incidents occurred in the eastern area of Pretoria as well as in Villieria and Sunnyside.

The team includes members of the Family Violence, Child Protection and Sexual Offences Units, the Crime Intelligence Unit, DNA analysts and a psychological profiler.

Phiyega said she was confident the team would crack the case.

Malila says the team will meet again on Tuesday to discuss the progress of the investigation.