Durban – Police say they are intensifying their search for a Pietermaritzburg man believed to be running after his wife was beaten and stabbed to death at their home.
On Thursday, police found the couple's white VW Polo but had no sign of Roland Pillay.
Provincial police spokesman Lieutenant Colonel Thulani Zwane said the vehicle was recovered at the Hilton, near the PMB. The vehicle suffered mechanical damage.
Police raided the area where the car was found, looking for clues.
Pillay's wife, Verusha Padayachee, was found dead at their home in Ascot Park on Tuesday.
The blood of Padayachee's body was found by his brother who went to investigate after he had not taken his daughter from his mother-in-law's house that day.
It is said that his hands were tied above his head by cable ties and he suffered injuries to his head.
Zwane is said to have been informed by police that a murder had taken place at the home and proceeded to the scene.
"They found a woman who was seriously injured and lost her vehicle. A murder case has been opened at Alexandra Road police station for further investigation," Zwane said.
Pillay, a bodybuilder and amateur MMC cage fighter has been running ever since.
According to the Maritzburg Sun, witnesses say that Pillay was found – on the day of her husband's murder – at a pharmacy where she was buying painkillers and plasters. He had bruises and scratches on his face, witnesses said.
Padayachee is 32-years-old and owner of a health and fitness center. His death left the community in shock.
Anyone with any information on Pillay's whereabouts should call Warrant Officer Naidoo on 084 905 5564 or Crime Stop on 08600 101111.