SA Missionary found dead in Tanzania

A Pinelands resident who went missing while on a trip to Israel to do missionary work has apparently been found dead in a cemetery in Dar es Salaam.

Authorities in Tanzania are expected to carry out a post-mortem on his body on Monday.

On Saturday a message about what happened to Mark Wilson was posted on a Pinelands safety group on Facebook.

It said that Wilson had left Cape Town shortly before Christmas and had been on a missionary trip to Israel.

The post said he was reported missing 10 days ago, and was then found dead in Dar es Salaam.

On Sunday the spokesman for the Department of International Relations and Co-operation, Clayson Monyela, said the department had been unable to confirm Wilson’s death with foreign authorities over the weekend, but should have more information by Monday.

On Sunday, a friend of Wilson’s said a post-mortem was to be undertaken because it was not yet clear what had happened to him.

The friend declined to comment further, saying she felt this would be up to Wilson’s relatives, who were “very upset”.

Wilson’s last post on Facebook was on January 7, the day he apparently went missing. The post said: “I was wondering what has been happening in the world while I’ve been missioning in Africa. Same old idiocy it seems… Now targeting TODDLERS in the UK?!”

Source: Cape Argus