Missing baby’s body found in veld

2008-08-18 00:00

A farm worker at Bergville made the sad discovery on Saturday of the decomposed remains of a child who went missing in July.

Police spokeswoman Captain Charmaine Struwig said a farm worker was on his way to work when he saw something lying in the veld. He initially thought it was a doll, but then realised it was the partial remains of a baby.

He reported his find to police, who determined it was the body of one-year-old Ayanda Nene, who went missing from a neighbouring farm, Eastwood, in Bergville on July 30.

“The mother of the child claimed that she had left the child playing outside in the yard at approximately 3.45 pm. At 5.10 pm she then realised the child was no longer there. The house and surrounding area was searched by the family and neighbours, but no baby was found.”

She said police combed the area with police dogs, but found no trace of the child.

Police initially suspected that the child may have been kidnapped. They are now waiting for the results of a post mortem, which will be conducted soon.

Anyone who can assist police in solving this case should contact Inspector Willem Pretorius at 082 828 9921 or 036 448 9450/1 or call the Crime Stop toll-free number at 08600 10111.

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