Police investigate blood-soaked Kempton Park guest lodge room

10 May 2021 - 06:54 By paul ash
Two bloody footprints led into the bathroom and a bloodied hand print marked the shower wall. File photo.
Two bloody footprints led into the bathroom and a bloodied hand print marked the shower wall. File photo.
Image: Gareth Wilson

Kempton Park police are investigating events surrounding a blood-soaked guest room at a lodge in Kempton Road in Kempton Park, Gauteng. 

No body was found in the room.

“Forensics were called to come and collect evidence and an inquiry has been opened for investigation,” said Kempton Park police spokesperson Sgt Dipuo Ditshego. 

A receptionist at the lodge made the gruesome discovery last week when she went to find out why a guest who had booked the room had not checked out.

When she opened the door, she was greeted with a horror scene. The floors, bedding, tiles in the bathroom, hand basin and shower were streaked with blood.

Two bloody footprints led into the bathroom and a bloodied handprint marked the shower wall.

Operatives from P&C Security were the first responders on the scene, followed by paramedics and police officers. 

The paramedics could not locate a body but officials found a knife hidden under the mattress. 

Forensics specialists took blood samples for DNA testing.

P&C Security Kempton Park area manager Rudolph Espach could not comment on the investigation.

“I am still waiting for forensics and the DNA test,” he said. 

Ditshego could not confirm when the DNA results would be released.

The mystery guest checked in at 4am on May 1. He apparently paid for his booking with cash carried in a black plastic bag. 

However, the lodge did not ask him for his ID number, the Kempton Express reported.

Police and private security officials viewed CCTV footage which showed the guest arriving on the Saturday morning. 

He allegedly paid for another night’s accommodation on Sunday. CCTV footage showed him leaving early on Monday morning.

He had no signs of any injuries and was acting normal, the publication said.

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