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No arrests yet following murder of Elsies River girl (3)

Courtney Pieters' body was found on an open field between factories in Epping over the weekend. She'd been missing for more than a week.

Three-year-old Courtney Pieters went missing last week, her body was discovered in a shallow grave on Saturday 13 May 2017. Picture: Kevin Brandt/EWN

CAPE TOWN - No arrests have been made at this stage in connection with the murder of a three-year-old Elsies River girl.

Courtney Pieters' body was found on an open field between factories in Epping over the weekend. She'd been missing for more than a week.

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 three-year-old Courtney Pieters on Sunday.

Outraged by Courtney Pieters' murder, scores of community members arrived with flowers to pay their respects.

The three-year-old went missing while playing near her home in Salberau.

These residents have urged parents to be more vigilant around their children.

"What about my children? Maybe it could happen to my children one day," one resident said.

"I can speak on behalf of all of us, that we are absolutely outraged," another resident said.

"As a father myself, this is a touchy episode and this whole thing has brought communities together," a man said.

Police, who had been assisting with a widespread search for the child, have now launched an investigation into her murder.

WATCH: Elsies River community honour slain Courtney Pieters

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