16-year-old girl found dead in Cape Town forest

By Marelize Potgieter
08 March 2016

Franziska's body was found under the fynbos.

The body of a teenage girl was found in Tokai forest in Cape Town on Monday. Sixteen-year-old Franziska Blochliger went jogging with her mom Shireen Blochliger and younger sister in the Tokai forest in the southern suburbs on Monday afternoon, when she decided to follow her own route because she wanted to continue running. The Constantia Waldorf School learner planned to meet up with them a few minutes later, according to reports. But she had not returned by 4pm, and the family became worried.

In desperation, Franziska’s father Florian wrote on his Facebook wall yesterday: “My daughter is missing. Is there anyone who knows how to illegally track a cellphone. If please call me or my wife.”

Kirstenhof Crime Watch vice-chairperson Carolynne Franklin said they organised a search party to comb the forest.

Franziska’s body was found under fynbos 25 minutes later.

“Someone grabbed her and dragged her into the bush,” Thomas Knemeyer, a member of the school board, told YOU.

“They assaulted her. Badly assaulted then strangled her.

“It’s awful. Really awful.”

Florian is of Swedish descent and the family live in Kalk Bay.

Thomas says the family regularly go running in the forest.

IOL reports police spokesman Lieutenant-Colonel André Traut said on Tuesday morning that the murder was “still under investigation”.

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