Byon April 20, 2017
After days of anxiety and confusion, Scott Van Zyl’s loved ones finally have an answer.
Netwerk24 reports that DNA found inside three crocodiles in Zimbabwe was a match to the DNA of professional hunter.
Scott, owner of SS Pro Safaris, disappeared 7 April after taking a group of foreigners on a hunt. He was last seen at the Chikwaraka camp in Zimbabwe.
Scott’s tracks led to the banks of the river, where searchers discovered his abandoned backpack.
Police and nature conservation services shot two Nile crocodiles in the area, after suspecting that they may have been responsible for Scott’s death, The Telegraph reports.
“We found what could possibly be human remains in them,” said Sakkie Louwrens, who was involved in the search.
The search for Scott was finally abandoned on Friday, a week after his disappearance.
On Thursday, with the permission of his wife, Heritage Protection Group (HPG), revealed that DNA of the remains found inside the two crocodiles is a match to Scott’s.
On Sunday it emerged that human remains found in the belly of a third crocodile were also a match.
Netwerk24 reported that part of a shoe, similar to the one Scott was wearing, was found inside the crocodile’s belly.
Scott is survived by his wife and two children, a daughter (11) and son (7).
On the SS Pro Safaris website, the company states they have “conducted numerous safaris throughout Southern Africa.
From Elephants in Botswana to the smallest Blue Duiker in KwaZulu Natal, we do it all.”