Breakthrough in murdered girl case
Cape Town - A woman and her boyfriend held for allegedly kidnapping her daughter Savannah Mersin in Steenberg, Cape Town, were released due to a lack of evidence, according to a report on Tuesday.
The Cape Times newspaper reported that Jessica Mersin and her lover were released on Sunday afternoon before their expected appearance in the Wynberg Magistrate's Court the next day.
Warrant Officer November Filander said police had made a breakthrough in the case and released identikits of two new suspects.
He told the newspaper that an unidentified man and woman had enquired about a girl between the ages of 8 and 10 in Muizenberg at the time of the girl's disappearance.
"According to witnesses the female told them Savannah was her foster child," he said.
He confirmed the body buried at Muizenberg beach on Friday was that of the girl. The girl had been strangled with her school shirt and had a plastic bag over her head.
She was last seen leaving her school, Hillview Primary, a week ago.