Courtney Pieters's body found in shallow grave

Three-year-old Pieters went missing last week Thursday and was last seen playing in a street near her home in Elsies River.

Three-year-old Courtney Pieters went missing on 4 May 2017. Her body was found about a kilometre away from her Elsies River home Picture: Facebook.com

CAPE TOWN – The body of missing three-year-old Courtney Pieters has been found in a shallow grave in Epping.

Pieters went missing last week Thursday and was last seen playing in a street near her home in Elsies River.

It was a heartbreaking scene in Pluto Street where dozens of Elsies River residents had gathered outside the child's home to show support.

Inside, the girl's siblings sobbed uncontrollably while her parents were in an upstairs bedroom in a state of shock.

Just a few days ago, Juanita Pieters pleaded for the safe return of her daughter.

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Forensic tests are needed to confirm that it is the missing girl's body, but her family members have identified her clothes.