DURBAN, September 13 – The decomposed corpse of a young boy discovered in Phoenix nine days ago has been identified as that of missing Sydenham schoolboy, Miguel Louw.
“It has been formally confirmed that the body of a child that was found at Longbury Drive, Phoenix, last week is that of Miguel Louw, who was reported missing in July and A 43-year-old suspect was arrested. He will now be facing murder charges,” said KwaZulu-Natal police spokesperson, colonel Thembeka Mbhele, on Wednesday night.
DNA samples were taken from both of the child’s parents soon after the corpse was discovered. It is understood that the testing was fast-tracked.
Louw went missing on July 17, near his school in Sydenham, about 25 kilometres from where his corpse was found.
The nine-year-old’s disappearance made national headlines and led to emotional pleas from his devastated family, who offered a “no questions asked” R50,000 cash reward for his safe return.
The prime suspect in Miguel’s abduction, Mohammed Vahed Ebrahim, was arrested in July in connection with the child’s kidnapping and then later charged with human trafficking. He was granted bail of R2500 two weeks ago.
Ebrahim allegedly could not afford the bail and so remains in custody at Durban’s Westville prison.
Ebrahim was linked to Miguel’s disappearance after CCTV footage identified him taking the boy to a fast food outlet near the child’s school. He was also found to be in possession of the child’s birth certificate.
Police confirmed that Miquel’s body was found a few hundred metres from the home of Ebrahim’s father.
Ebrahim, who was known to the family, has denied any involvement in Miguel’s disappearance. (ANA)