Murdered Underberg woman’s brother found chalet wide open

Murdered Underberg woman’s brother found chalet wide open

Investigators are trying to solve the murder of an Underberg wife and mother who was killed while on holiday with her family in the Eastern Cape this week.  


Karen Turner, who was two-months pregnant, and her husband, Matthew had booked a chalet with their two-year-old son at the Hluleka Game Reserve, north of Coffee Bay.

The locum teacher was stabbed on Tuesday, a day after she had celebrated her 33rd birthday. 

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Her husband is in hospital with multiple injuries.

Their little boy was not hurt during the ordeal. 

Police say there were no signs of forced entry into the chalet and nothing was taken. They are investigating cases of murder and assault. 

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Karen's brother, Ian Crouch says he found the chalet wide open when he arrived at the scene.

“The windows were open. The upstairs and downstairs windows were all open and latched. The back door was also open.”

“For the [police] statement to say there was no forced entry is true, but to say there was no entry is nonsense because the whole chalet was open – without security, burglar guards or security gates,” said Crouch.

Crouch has been in communication with his brother-in-law, who was airlifted to a Pietermaritzburg hospital after receiving initial care in Mthatha.

He says Turner told him they were attacked by two intruders.

Crouch rejected speculation online that the couple had been involved in a domestic dispute.

“We know it is nothing like that. Matt is not capable of anything like that,” he said.

“Without a shadow of a doubt there were intruders and they were attacked in an extremely violent manner on their family holiday.”

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