Less than 24 hours after an 8-year-old girl was reported missing in Motloung section in Katlehong, southeast of Johannesburg, her body was found dumped behind a backroom of a house on Monday.

Brigadier Mathapelo Peters, police spokesperson said a case of murder was opened after the gruesome discovery.

She said “Members from Katlehong North SAPS on Monday morning, October 12, were alerted to the body of a child found in Katlehong. On arrival at the scene, police found the little girl’s body behind a backroom. Paramedics certified the child dead on the scene”.

Peters said the child  had been reported missing by her mother on Sunday evening around 10pm.

She added that “Police are investigating the circumstances surrounding the death of the child. The post mortem will further determine the exact course of her death”.