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Suspect arrested after 82-year-old nun is murdered

By on Monday, 23 June 2014

Eastern Cape, where the murder took place, is one of the poorest regions in the country (CNS)

Eastern Cape, where the murder took place, is one of the poorest regions in the country (CNS)

A man accused of murdering an 82-year-old American nun in South Africa, where she had worked among the poor for about 60 years, has been arrested.

Sister Mary Paule Tacke, a Missionary Sister of the Precious Blood, was kidnapped in Mthatha in the Eastern Cape on June 15, and her body was found the next day, dumped in a stream about 50 miles east.

A Mthatha police spokesman told local journalists that the unnamed suspect was found in a house in a nearby village by members of a police team set up to find the nun’s killers. No further details were released.

Sister Tacke, a native of Cottonwood, Idaho, came to South Africa from the US in the 1950s. She taught for many years in Ikhwezi Lokusa, a poverty-stricken area outside Mthatha, and was living in the Glen Avent Convent there.