Sunday 19 April 2015
News / Case hots up

Progress in the investigation into the murder of 59-year-old guesthouse owner, Christa Ross, is keenly anticipated by those who knew her.

According to a source close to the investigation, interesting and very important leads and evidence have been gained since the murder of Ross, who was killed in her Kleinmond guesthouse on Friday 31 August.

Senior police detectives have been assigned to the investigation and are working around the clock. They say an arrest could follow soon.

Ross moved to Kleinmond with her husband Rossie (61) in 2010 to fulfil their lifelong dream of owning a guesthouse at the sea.

The name of the Heuningskloof guesthouse, Rossta, was taken from Rossie (Ros) and Christa (Sta). They had lived in Kimberley for 28 years before moving to Kleinmond.

According to police, it seems Christa was strangled before being thrown into a bathtub of boiling-hot water.

Her body was found just after 11:00 on Saturday 1 September in the bathroom of the four-bedroom guesthouse, only hours after her husband had left at 03:45 to fly to Johannesburg on business.

Three guests were checked in at the guesthouse at the time of the murder.

When more guests arrived the following morning to check in, nobody opened the door. The guests called Rossie, who phoned a neighbour to investigate.

Christa’s body was found in the bath. Her cellphone and engagement ring, as well as white linen from her bedroom, were missing.

Captain Jacobus Marthinus, spokesperson for the Kleinmond police, says the case is still being investigated.

“We cannot comment at this stage, as the case is very sensitive, but we have senior officers helping with the investigation.”

Asked whether a suspect has been identified yet, Marthinus says the police are working around the clock, but cannot divulge anything at the moment.

A funeral was held for Christa on Friday.