DNA helps police identify body of toddler swept away in flash floods

2016-12-02 10:56
Shadrick and Cythia Chauke whose daughter drowned. (Netwerk24)

Shadrick and Cythia Chauke whose daughter drowned. (Netwerk24)

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Father of girl missing in JHB flash floods blames himself

2016-11-24 17:45

The father of the three-year-old girl who went missing during flash floods two weeks ago said he blamed himself. WATCH

Johannesburg - The body of a toddler found on the banks of the Jukskei River in Buccleuch a week ago is that of Everlate Chauke, Gauteng police confirmed on Friday.

Police spokesperson Captain Kay Makhubela said that a comparative DNA test had revealed that the body discovered after two weeks of searching was the missing girl who was swept away during flash floods in Alexandra on November 9.

Police had obtained DNA samples from Chauke’s parents and expedited the testing.  

"The child has been identified after a DNA test was conducted at the state laboratory," Makhubela said.  

Everlate, her father Shadrick, and his wife were in their makeshift home in Alexandra, next to the Jukskei River, when it started raining heavily. When water began filling their dwelling, they climbed a tree.

Her mother was on one branch, while Everlate and her father were on another. The branch broke and Everlate fell into the water. Shadrick jumped in after her, but was forced to swim back to safety without her.

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