'Kidnapped' Mpumalanga teen girl's body found in pit toilet, relative arrested

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A man has been arrested for the murder of a 14-year-old girl.
A man has been arrested for the murder of a 14-year-old girl.
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The body of a 14-year-old girl who was believed to have been kidnapped was found in a pit toilet near her Mpumalanga home over the weekend.

A 19-year-old relative of the girl has been arrested in connection with the murder and is due to appear in court on Tuesday.

According to police spokesperson Brigadier Leonard Hlathi, the girl's family last saw her on Wednesday. The following day, her family received threatening cellphone messages and a demand for ransom in exchange for her release. The family then notified the police, who opened a case of kidnapping.

READ | Man arrested after teen girl's naked body found lying in Cape Town street

On Saturday, a family member discovered her lifeless body inside a pit toilet at her residence. Police were notified and a murder case was opened.

The police made a breakthrough on Monday by arresting the suspect.

It is believed that the girl might have been drugged prior to her death.

The suspect is expected to appear in the Kabokweni Magistrate's Court on Tuesday.

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