South Africa: Body of Missing 10-Year-Old Girl Found Dumped in a Canal

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On March 12, 2023, the body of a missing 10-year-old child was discovered abandoned within a canal in Cape Town, South Africa.


Denecke Presence, a minor, went missing on March 11 and was last seen at the Macassar taxi queue.


Residents who were part of a search squad discovered the body shortly after 2 p.m. at Marvin Park.


Denecke was wearing a pink and white shirt, blue pants, and black takkies when she went missing.


Police said they had filed an inquest docket but had not yet determined if foul play was suspected.


After the child went missing, her distraught family rushed to social media to ask for help in finding her.


She was reported missing at the local police station and her missing person’s flyer was distributed via Western Cape Missing Persons Unit.

Police spokesperson, Captain Frederick Van Wyk, confirmed the development in a statement on Monday.


“An inquest case was registered for investigation. A post-mortem will be conducted to determine the cause of death,” he said.


Strand Community Policing Forum also released a statement on the tragedy:


“As the CPF of Strand in joint integrated with role-players, Helderberg Crime Watch, CPF NHW, Neighbourhood Watch Co-ordinator, Macassar SAPS, CPF, NHW Law enforcement searching for the missing of Denecke Presence led to the recovery of her body,” the statement read.


“As the CPF of Strand (we) want to express our sincere condolences and sympathy to the family of their beloved bright young child in the circumstances of this tragic incident at this young age.”


“Thank you Mrs Lillian Albertyn CPF, NHW, Co-ordinator of Strand for reaching out and going the extra mile collaborating with other external role-players where assistance was needed and are very grateful for having you at our functionary CPF of Strand.”





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