The six-day search led to the discovery of a two-year-old girl’s body in the Vaal River near Delportshoop on Thursday afternoon. It is believed that her body was dumped in a bag and then thrown into the river. A stone had been tied to her body.The suspect has been arrested in connection with her disappearance.
Teams of people, including pupils dressed in their school uniforms, scoured the veld and areas of dense foliage near a river where the missing toddler’s clothes were found on the weekend.
The girl is believed to have been abducted from her home in Rooikoppies, Delportshoop after a man allegedly tried to rape and threatened to kill her mother.
Although the girl’s family are still reeling in shock following the discovery of the body, they were relieved that her body had at least finally been found.
The toddler’s twin brother had to celebrate their second birthday on April 29 without his sister.
Police spokesperson, Captain Olebogeng Tawana said that the Northern Cape police’s Search and Rescue unit, K9 unit, Mounted unit, Visible Policing unit, Detectives and Diving unit were involved in the intensive search for the missing toddler over the past six days.
“They made a gruesome discovery of the body of a two-year-old girl in the Vaal River today (Thursday) at 12.50pm. A stone was tightened around the toddler’s body that was found submerged under water,” said Tawana.
He added that the 41-year-old accused who appeared in the Barkly West Magistrate’s Court this week on charges of attempted rape, housebreaking with intent to assault and kidnapping, would also face a murder charge.
“The Northern Cape police management condemns crimes against women and children in the strongest terms,” Tawana concluded.
The SAPS provincial head for Family Violence, Child Protection and Sexual Offences, Brigadier Nicky Mills, thanked the community for assisting the police in finding the girl.
The alleged perpetrator apparently gained entry into the house by breaking a window.