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Missing girl's naked body found in toilet

By unknown | Apr 24, 2007 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

Riot Hlatshwayo

Riot Hlatshwayo

A housing trust now has a murder to add to the list of crimes that have plagued its community.

This comes after the discovery of a 14-year-old girl's naked decomposing body in a toilet more than a week after she went missing.

An elderly woman from the Daantjie community near Nelspruit detected a very bad smell which she described as "worse than a dead dog" coming from the direction of an unoccupied house next door.

The woman said she had been aware of the smell since Tuesday last week and on Saturday sent her neighbour's son to try to trace the source of the smell.

The boy peered through the back window of the toilet and saw a human hand against the wall of the toilet she said.

Constable Chicco Nkosi of the KaNyamazane police yesterday said: "The boy ran back to his granny to tell her about his findings. The granny called us and we broke the locked toilet door open to find the naked body of a teenaged girl."

Nkosi said the girl had been gagged with a cloth and rope.

"She was only wearing a pair of socks and her head was facing down in the hole of the pit toilet.

"This suggests that her killer had tried to force her body into the pit, but had failed because her shoulders were too wide," he said.

Nkosi said the police suspected the girl might have been raped before being killed.

He said autopsy results were expected this week.

Nkosi said a family in the neighbourhood contacted the police after hearing that a girl's corpse had been found.

"We took the family to the scene where the body was found.

"We found the girl's clothes deep in the pit toilet and showed these to the parents. They confirmed the clothes belonged to their daughter.

"She had gone missing about a week earlier," Nkosi said.

Police have identified the dead girl as Nontobeko Nkosi.

No arrests have been made and police have appealed to the community to assist them with any relevant information.

Police have urged parents to be alert about "the whereabouts of your children at all times, but especially during late hours".


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