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Three men formally charged for Franziska Blöchliger's murder

Earlier today, police confirmed three men were being questioned in connection with the murder.

About 3000 people attended a vigil for Franziska Blöchliger at Tokai Forest in Cape Town to pay their respects with notes and flowers. Picture: Thomas Holder/EWN
Franziska Blöchliger,Tokai Forest,Andreas Florian Blochliger
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CAPE TOWN - The father of murdered 16-year-old Franziska Blöchliger's has told Eyewitness News three men will appear in court on Friday in connection with her murder.

Police had taken the men in for questioning last night following the girl's murder in Tokai Forest on Monday afternoon.

The three suspects are between the ages of 22 and 27.

WATCH: Tokai murder: Teen's parents plead for help

EWN has also learnt that police have been investigating the girl's mobile phone, which had been retrieved.

The Constantia Waldorf School's Thomas Knemeyer said, “Police have found the phone and they are examining it, I suppose, for information or maybe finger prints. That is interesting in connection with the fact that three young men in their early 20s have been arrested. I don’t know this [for sure] but my guess is that one of the three had the phone.” 

Her father, Florian, says they today saw her body for the first time since her murder.

“So they not only killed her, they moered her so badly that I cannot tell you that any person could be seen like that, not in the wildest movies [sic].”

He says the cause of death has not been revealed, but the autopsy results should be available tomorrow.

Today, the reward for information that could lead to a conviction was also doubled to R100,000.

Meanwhile, close to 1,000 people have walked from Westlake to Tokai Forest to show support for the Blöchliger family.

One of the organisers, Nkululeko Badini from the Westlake Community Foundation, offered a short prayer calling for peace in the country.

Badini says they gathered in solidarity with the slain teen's family.

“We felt, as the community, that we must come and support the family with prayer. We are with the family that [is going through] this tragedy.” 

SILENT VIGIL

Last night, hundreds of people held a silent vigil in Tokai Forest in memory of Blöchliger.

She went missing after she broke away from her mother during a walk through the forest.

As hundreds of people silently made their way down a footpath in Tokai Forest, some wiped away tears and others clung to flowers.

Tokai resident Heather Solomon said her family had always enjoyed runs in the forest, but that had changed.

Solomon said the whole community had been left shaken.

The mourners placed flowers and messages of support on a fence that runs around the forest.

WATCH: Thousands gather to mourn Franziska Blöchliger

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