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Courtney Pieters: Family home declared crime scene

Three-year-old Courtney Pieters' body was found buried in a shallow grave at the weekend.

Picture: SAPS.

CAPE TOWN - The Elsies River community policing forum (CPF) says the family home of deceased three-year-old Courtney Pieters has been declared a crime scene.

The child's body was found buried in a shallow grave at the weekend.

She went missing on Thursday and was last seen playing in a street near her home in Elsies River.

The CPF's Imraahn Mukaddam says: “To my knowledge, there’s a suspect at large. The community has experienced sadness and a sense of loss. We are also traumatised. Culprits like this take away your belief in humanity.”

Police, though, have confirmed that a suspect was arrested in connection with the child's murder on Sunday night.

Last week, the child’s mother pleaded for the safe return of her daughter.

Elsies River residents have called on parents to increase protection around their children.

Community members and people from surrounding areas attended a wreath-laying ceremony in honour of the three-year-old girl on Sunday.

WATCH: Elsies River community honour slain Courtney Pieters

(Edited by Shimoney Regter)

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