A distressed farm worker may have committed suicide by wading into a crocodile-infested river, police in South Africa said today.
Detectives believe labourer David Lubisi, 40, was eaten alive after he entered the Lepelle river following an argument with his girlfriend.
The father-of-three has not been seen for more than a week after apparently telling a colleague about his painful plan on April 7.
Sergeant Malesela Makgopa today said officers believed Mr Lubisi had died in a bizarre case of suicide.
He said: 'The man has not been seen since the incident and his body has not been found.
'Our investigations have revealed that at around 7pm on April 7 he told a co-worker he wanted to walk into the river, which he knew to be infested with crocodiles.
'He was last seen heading towards the water and never turned up after that.
'We believe he may have been having domestic problems with his girlfriend and that he wanted to commit suicide.
'If that is true then it was a particularly horrible and painful way to die.' Police said the local community had been shattered by the apparent tragedy, which happened near the town of Bushbuckbridge close to the famous Kruger National Park in South Africa's eastern Mpumalanga province.
Before his disappearance Mr Lubisi had worked in the area for five years as a labourer at a game farm.
The country's Sowetan newspaper today reported that the owner of a neighbouring property reported seeing a crocodile with a human leg protruding from its mouth four days after the incident. ...
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