Police: DNA confirms death of missing Chilean backpacker

Police: DNA confirms death of missing Chilean backpacker

KwaZulu-Natal police say DNA test results have confirmed the body found in a Ladysmith mortuary just over two weeks ago is that of a Chilean national who had been reported missing.

Missing Slavko Yaksic
Slavko Yaksic had been backpacking in northern KwaZulu-Natal last month.

His family became concerned when the 29-year-old computer engineer was not on his flight back home.

His relatives flew to South Africa to join in the search  and a body with a Chilean passport was found in the mortuary a short while later.

Yaksic's father, Sergio, identified the body as that of his son. Police say the body had a stab wound.

Police spokesperson, Thembeka Mbhele says the DNA test results were received this afternoon.

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"DNA test results came back positive. The victim's family is now preparing to take his body home," she said.
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