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Cape Town - The badly decomposed body found by two vagrants in July has been identified as that of Kiana Williams, who disappeared in June.
The eight-year-old disappeared on June 4 while in the care of her grandmother and her mother’s boyfriend. Her mother, Emma Williams, was in hospital for the birth of Kiana’s brother, Mikhail.
Police spokesman Lieutenant Colonel Andre Traut said the investigation would continue as a high-priority case.
“A thorough process to finally make this identification was followed, and no time was wasted to delay the identification unnecessarily. The body’s state of decomposition played a factor in the time (it took) to obtain the result.
“No short cuts could be taken to speed the process up merely to make a conclusion.”
The body was found in a partially-built brick house in Zeekoevlei.
Williams said the family were glad the wait was over, but the thought of not seeing her daughter again was heartbreaking.
“I am just happy we finally know it’s her, now we can plan a funeral for her.
“My heart is still very sore.”
The police had told the family they could collect the body, but they were awaiting the post-mortem results.
“We don’t know how she died, but I hope they find that other baby (Kauther Bobbs) because I know exactly what (the mother) is going through. Sometimes I felt like I was going mad.”
Williams said her daughter Kamuzi, 13, and her mother, who had been looking after Kiana before she disappeared, were taking it especially hard.
“We had time to prepare ourselves for the news, but we are still hurt.”
The Grassy Park Community Police Forum was not happy with the time it took police to release the results, its treasurer, Soraya de Villiers, said.
“The family were notified on Tuesday. We are disappointed it took so long for the results to come out.”
The forum had been supporting the family throughout the ordeal and would continue to help them.
The family plan to have the funeral next weekend so more relatives will be able to attend.