Fear and confusion reign around silent taped up murder cottage
Chalet number 1 in Hluleka Nature Reserve is taped up and forlorn.
Investigators are apparently on the way to carry on with one of the Wild Coast tourism area’s most gruesome mysteries in recent times.
In this chalet, at 3am on Tuesday Kari Turner, 31, was found stabbed to death, her husband Matthew, 34, badly injured from stab wounds. The wailing of their 23-month-old toddler Hayden had attracted help from a neighbouring cottage.
Matthew, an Underberg dairy farm manager, is in hospital.
DispatchLIVE was the first media to arrive at the scene on Wednesday morning.
Crime tape is strung from the balcony to around the Turner’s dusty Toyota RAV SUV, and then around trees and back to the chalet.
The chalet, owned and operated by East Cape Parks and Tourism Agency, is off limits to all.
Staff spoken to said the slaying had has cast a sombre pall over the sublime nature haven and resort.
One staff member, who asked not to be named, said: “This has left us terrified. We have never see something like this.”
Workers and villagers spoken to close to the reserve said that the killing had left them confused.
The area was abuzz with speculation.
Many were commenting on the official statement that there was no sign of forced entry.
“What does that mean?” said a worker.
“Was it locked from the inside?”