Kiana Williams: DNA process prolongs wait

It is still unclear whether the decomposed body of a child discovered in Zeekoevlei is Kiana Williams.

A picture by the Pink Ladies organisation for missing children shows eight-year-old Kiana Williams, who was reported missing on Thursday 13 June 2013. Picture: Supplied

CAPE TOWN - Western Cape Forensic Pathology Services on Monday said the results from post mortems carried out on badly decomposed bodies usually take longer to be finalised.

A decomposed corpse was found in the Zeekoevlei area last week, near the home of missing eight-year-old Kiana Williams.

The little girl, who was last seen playing with her friends at the Phumlani Village informal settlement, went missing more than a month ago.

The pathology service's Vonita Thompson said it's difficult when family of the deceased cannot identify their relative visually.

"In cases where the remains are clearly visually unidentifiable we have to go through a scientific process of identification, which does delay the process.

"It depends on the availability of information because pathologists require information from the scene of the death and are reliant on the investigating officer for information as well. They may also need the medical history of a specific patient."


Meanwhile, a prayer service for little Kiana was held at Zeekoevlei Primary School on Monday.

Teachers and pupils gathered at around 12:30pm to pray for the eight-year-old, who has been described as a shy, caring and loving child, who had the ability to make everyone laugh.

Her teacher told Eyewitness News some of her classmates were still traumatised by her disappearance.

"Some of them have been with Kiana for two years and after a while some of them started talking, saying they feel brokenhearted."