The bodies of a South African mother and daughter have been found washed up on a beach two days apart after they were last seen getting into a taxi with the family dog.
Melissa Jacobs, 26, was found dead on Noordhoek Beach in Cape Town in the South African province of Western Cape on 1st November and her mother Susanna Rademeyer-Jacobs, 59, was found on the rocks beneath Chapman’s Peak two days later.
Police spokesman Frederick van Wyk said an investigation has been opened into the deaths of the two women, who came from the nearby coastal town of Fish Hoek.
He added: “The victim was reported as missing on Monday, November 1 by her neighbour. At the time, her mother was still missing. A post-mortem is still to be conducted to determine the cause of death.”
Family friend Danielle Daniels, who reported them as missing when they failed to return to their cottage in Fish Hoek, helped the local authorities with the search and went through CCTV footage with them to establish the moment the pair left their home.
They were reportedly last seen getting into a taxi with the family dog.
Police spokesman Jeremy Marten said they are currently investigating the cause of deaths and are still waiting for the autopsy results.
He added that the dog was found next to Rademeyer-Jacobs’ body and was later given to family members to take care of after a veterinary check.
According to The South African, an investigation source said that the victims’ valuables and the ashes of dead relatives were found near the bodies, possibly indicating a suicide pact at Chapman’s Peak, however there has been no official confirmation on this theory and the police probe continues.