Slain teenager described as 'integral part of school life'

The body of a 16-year-old girl was found yesterday, after she'd been reported missing by her parents.

Franziska Blochliger’s body was found in Tokai Forest after she'd been reported missing by her parents. Picture: Ilze-Marie Meintjies/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - Teachers of a girl who was found dead in Tokai forest yesterday have released a statement describing one her as an integral part of the institution.

The body of the 16-year-old girl was found yesterday, after she'd been reported missing by her parents.

Police believe she was strangled.

Her father posted a message on his Facebook page late yesterday afternoon, pleading for information to help find his daughter.

The school's Thomas Knemeyer says staff and pupils have been left reeling.

"Franziska Blochliger was a pupil at Constantia Waldorf School since the early years of her school career. Her life was ended tragically on the evening of 7 March. We remember her as a vibrant, loving person who contributed hugely to the social fabric of her group."

No arrests have yet been made and details around the girl's death remain sketchy.

Some Tokai residents have left flowers at the gate of the Lower Tokai Park in Dennendal, where the girl was murdered.

Tokai resident Vannessa Bott says she walks in the area every morning and considered it a relatively safe place. Bott cried when she spoke to Eyewitness News .

"I'm completely in shock. I have a 14-year-old girl and we've walked here together … It's hard."

Meanwhile another resident, who asked to remain anonymous, says he is now concerned for the safety of his family.

"We live in the area and we frequented there most evenings. My sons come and they drive on their own, park here and go jogging mostly on weekends with friends and family. We walk here and we're shocked over what has happened."