Manhunt on for attacker who left five-year-old for dead

2013-05-15 10:35

The police in Limpopo have launched a manhunt for a man who overpowered a five-year-old girl, severely assaulted her and possibly raped her and left her for dead.

Police spokesperson Colonel Ronel Otto said the incident happened on Thursday in Morebeng while the girl was walking home from school.

Said Otto in a statement: “She never returned home and was reported missing on the same day. A search was launched, but she was not found until police received a call on Sunday evening at approximately 9pm about the body of a girl that was found lying in a dense bushy area.

“Police went to the scene and discovered the missing girl. She was still alive and it would seem as if she had been severely assaulted all over her body. The possibility that she might have been raped is also being investigated,” she said.

No arrests have been made yet, said Otto, adding that the girl was taken to a nearby hospital in Botlokwa.

The girl, who is in a serious but stable condition, was later transferred to the Polokwane Provincial Hospital where she was receiving further medical attention, said Otto.

Limpopo police commissioner Lieutenant-General Simon Mpembe said the police would deploy as many resources as possible to ensure that those responsible are arrested without delay.

He also appealed to members of the community who may have information to come forward and assist the police.

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