DNA to identify decomposed child

DNA results will reveal whether the body is that of missing Kiana Williams.

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

CAPE TOWN - The Grassy Park Community Policing Forum (CPF) said on Wednesday it is concerned an investigation to determine the identity of a child's body found in the area several months ago is taking so long to be finalised.

Kiana Williams disappeared in the area in June.

She was last seen playing with her friends at the Phumlani Village informal settlement.

A few weeks after she went missing, the body of a child thought to be that of an eight-year-old girl was discovered.

DNA tests to determine the identity of the deceased have yet to be completed.

The CPF's Philip Bam said, "The last time I spoke to the mother she was very upset about the fact that it's taking so long. They need closure, like anyone would want in circumstances like that."

He said, "It's concerning to the community that this is not the first case of this nature. We want to ask the police to treat these cases, especially where little children are involved, and so that we can also get to dealing with the perpetrators."

Two months ago, the Western Cape Forensic Pathology Services said results from postmortems carried out on badly decomposed bodies usually take longer to be finalised.