Missing Randfontein boy (5) found dead

Matthew Olivier’s body was retrieved from a water-filled trench 500m from where he was last seen.

Matthew Ryan Olivier. Picture: Missing Minors The Pink Ladies Organization Facebook page.

JOHANNESBURG - The body of a five-year-old boy, who went missing on a farm in Randfontein on the West Rand at the weekend, has been found.

Matthew Olivier disappeared on Sunday, prompting community members and police to launch an immediate search.

The child's body was retrieved from a water-filled trench this afternoon, about 500 meters from where he was last seen.

The police's Appel Ernst says a community member, who participated in the search, discovered the body.

"We divided the farm in four quadrants and we started the search. [There were] about 400 people on the scene; they came with quad bikes and horses and in the end one of the boys went into one of the trenches, which is very narrow, while walking and discovered the body."