Body of missing girl (7) found in open field

2016-09-07 06:00
; Sonia Payi (7) was found dead in an open field on Monday after allegedly being kidnapped by a man on Saturday while walking home from a shop.                 Photo: SUPPLIED

; Sonia Payi (7) was found dead in an open field on Monday after allegedly being kidnapped by a man on Saturday while walking home from a shop. Photo: SUPPLIED

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AFTER a two-day search, the body of the 7-year-old Sonwabise Sonia Payi of Mbilini Street, New Brighton – that was kidnapped on Saturday – was found in a bushy area in Struandale on Monday afternoon.

Little Sonia, a Grade 2 pupil at eBhongweni Primary School went missing around 7pm on Saturday.

Express visited the family on Monday shortly before the discovery of her body.

During the visit the Express reporter spoke to the girl’s aunt, Phumeza, who said Sonia’s mom Bongiwe (31) was out searching for her child at that time.

According to Phumeza, her aunt visited them on Friday and gave Sonwabise (Sonia) and Phumeza’s child (6) some money to buy sweets.

“They went to Meza shop nearby. Only my child came back. She told us that Sonwabise left with another man wearing a black hat, black track-top and red shoes,” said Phumeza.

They rushed out in the direction of Jali Street after the child told them that they went in that direction. but could not find them.

The incident was immediately reported to the police for investigation and a missing child docket was opened.

Police spokesperson Captain Andre Beetge said police and residents combed the area but the search did not yield results.

A New Brighton resident, Simamkele Twatwa, said on Saturday evening they were woken up by the police who were searching for the missing child.

During Express’ visit to the family, before they received the news of her death, Sonia’s gogo Regina Payi (66) said, “We can’t sleep. We are so distraught. This child is very close to me”.

Captain Beetge, confirmed that Sonia’s body was found just after 12 noon in an open field in Struanway with her clothes still intact.

“We do not know what happened at this stage. Police will do an autopsy to help us determine what has happened,” said Captain Beetge.

The Police appealed to members of the community to come forward with any information they may have on the incident. They can report it ano-nymously using the toll-free number 08600 10111 or at the local police station.

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