Details around Tokai teen’s death remain sketchy

The body of the teenager was found in Tokai forest yesterday after she'd been reported missing.

Tokai Forest. Picture: Lauren Isaacs/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - As police search for a suspect in connection with the killing of a teenage girl, details around the 16-year-old girl's murder remain sketchy.

The body of the teenager was found in Tokai forest yesterday after she'd been reported missing.

Police believe she was strangled.

Just after sunrise this morning, the lower Tokai Park, densely populated with tall pine trees, was still relatively dark.

But when Eyewitness News visited the area just before 7am, the park was already bustling with joggers, cyclists and people walking their dogs.

While most people stuck to a pathway around the perimeter of the park, others wandered into the forest with their canine companions.

This morning, several bunches of flowers were tied to a park fence, in recognition of the tragedy that played out in the area yesterday.

One resident who uses the park daily says she's shocked.

"It's very shocking. I walk here every single day and have always felt so safe."

No arrests have yet been made.

Meanwhile, management at the school the girl attended has described her as a vibrant and loving person.

The school's Thomas Knemeyer said, "We remember her as a vibrant and loving person who contributed hugely to the social fabric her group. Her presence will surely be known as she continues to live in the memories of those who were touched by her time here at our school."