Trophy hunter, 55, who killed lions and elephants found shot dead in his truck in ‘cold-blooded’ execution-style murder

A TROPHY hunter was found gunned down in his truck in a ‘cold-blooded’ execution style murder.

Riaan Naude, 55, who ran the company Pro Hunt Africa, regularly shared snaps of himself posing next to lions, elephants and other animals he had killed.

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Hunter Riaan Naude was found dead next to his truck
The 55-year-old often shared photos of animals he had killed

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The 55-year-old often shared photos of animals he had killed

He was reportedly found next to his car on Marken Road, Limpopo, South Africa.

According to the locals Maroela Media release two shotguns, clothes, water, whiskey and pajamas were found in his car.

The Heritage Protection Group (HPG), a crime-fighting nonprofit, said the 55-year-old pulled his truck off the road, about 3 miles from Mokopane after it overheated.

He said a white Nissan pulled up next to the vehicle and two men got out, one of them shooting Naude at close range.

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They apparently stole a gun and then fled.

The police spokesman, Lt. Col. Mamphaswa Seabi said cops found the man’s body next to the truck when they arrived at the scene.

He said: “The man was lying with his face up and there was blood on his head and face.”

Preliminary investigations revealed that an area cattle rancher heard a gunshot and spotted a white Nissan pickup truck heading towards Marken.

According to local reports, Naude, who lived in Phalaborwa, ran Pro Hunt Africa, a professional hunting team that offers tourists the experience of hunting.

In footage shared on social media, it appears he killed a number of animals, including giraffes, lions, elephants and zebras.

Another trophy hunter came under fire last year after posing with a bloody giraffe heart that was cut from the beast she shot.

Merelize Van Der Merwe, 32, infuriated campaigners by sharing the photo of her “perfect” Valentine’s Day gift.

She bragged that her ‘wonderful’ husband paid her £1,500 to kill an old giraffe at a game park.

And Philip Smith, a hunter who killed the Mopane lion, has been “exposed” online after luring the lion away from its two prides and shooting it with a bow and arrow.

Charles P. Patton