The man responsible for the murder of three-year-old Courtney Pieters is believed to be a childhood friend of her father. The man, 40, was arrested at Saturn Close, Salberau, Elsies River on Sunday.

Police spokesperson FC van Wyk said proper investigation led to the arrest of the man.

Once he has been charged he is expected to appear in Goodwood Magistrate’s Court on a charge of murder.”

Little Courtney had been missing since May 4. Her body was found in Epping on Saturday.

Her alleged killer is believed to have been close to the family, with the children calling him “uncle”. He had been on the run since the wreath-laying ceremony on Sunday.