Alexia Nyamadzawo has died, according to a statement posted online on June. 2, 2020.
R.I.P. little one. Such devastating news.
UPDATE: The Office of the Provincial Commissioner has released the following statement regarding the death of Alexia Nyamadzawo:
SUSPECT ARRESTED FOR MURDER OF SIX-YEAR-OLD AT UMHLALI
DURBAN: 2 June 2020 – On Sunday evening, 31 May 2020, police at Umhlali received a report of the kidnapping of a six-year-old child within their police precinct. The mother of the child reported to police that she was travelling on the Glendale Road near Shayamoya with her two children aged six(06) and fourteen (14) when the kidnapping occurred.
According to the mother of the child, when she approached a speed hump near Shayamoya, an unknown man opened the door of her vehicle and snatched the six-year-old who was sleep on the rear seat. She fled from the scene and reported the matter to police. After an intensive investigation, a 42-year-old woman was taken in for questioning by police yesterday. Detectives enlisted the services of the Umhlali Search and Rescue Unit to assist in the search for the missing child. Following an arduous operation, the body of the missing child was located in a sugarcane field in Riet Valley.
Police detained the suspect at Umhlali police station and she will be charged for murder. She is expected to appear at the Umhlali Magistrates Court on tomorrow.
The KwaZulu-Natal Provincial Commissioner, Lieutenant General Khombinkosi Jula, commended police officers involved in the operation for the breakthrough. “We treat all crimes against women and children very seriously and were extremely concerned when allegations of kidnapping surfaced. We are disappointed that we could not find the missing child alive, however we will do everything that is within our control to ensure that the perpetrator is brought to book,” he said.
UPDATE: Alexia Nyamadzawo’s body has been found.
88FM has received confirmation from IPSS Medical Rescue that the body of Alexia Nyamadzawo has been found in a sugar cane field close to Ballito. SAPS has made an arrest and a statement will be released shortly with further details.
Alexia was reported kidnapped on Sunday evening, triggering a wide search and rescue operation which continued at 7am this morning, conducted by Umlhali SAPS with assistance from IPSS Medical Rescue. At around 9am this morning, reports came in indicating that authorities did not expect to find Alexia alive, and the case was no longer being treated as an abduction.
Alexia was 6 years old.
02 June 2020
Missing 6 year old girl found – Dead
IPSS Medical Rescue’s Search and Rescue division assisted SAPS K9 Search & Rescue in the search of a missing 6 year old girl, who was reported as kidnapped in Glendale on the night of Sunday May 31st 2020.
Due to the perseverance and dedication of SAP Umhlali detectives, armed with new information, a search area in Rietvalley just outside of Glendale was identified. With the help of SAPS K9 Search & Rescue dogs, the body of the 6 year old was located.
We commend the dedicated officers and detectives who persevered for the results that were required.
We would also like to thank the farming community and residents of Glendale that assisted in the search.
UPDATE: Alexia Nyamadzawo has not yet been located.
This is an ongoing investigation, although reports indicate that a suspect has been apprehended, and that Alexia’s disappearance is no longer being treated as a kidnapping.
There has been a lot of unconfirmed speculation circulating on social media and private platforms. Authorities are urging the public not to spread unconfirmed or sensationalised reports, as this could harm the investigation.
We will keep you updated as soon as we know more.
UPDATE: WOMAN ARRESTED FOR MURDER OF SIX-YEAR-OLD AT UMHLALI
A woman has been arrested for the murder of six-year-old Alexia Nyamadzawo whose body was found in a sugarcane field in Riet Valley.
Police spokesperson, Brigadier Jay Naicker, said on Sunday evening police at Umhlali received a report of the kidnapping of a six-year-old child. Alexia’s mother told police that she was travelling on the Glendale Road near Shayamoya with her two children aged six and fourteen years old when the kidnapping occurred.
Naicker said Alexia’s mother told police that when she approached a speed hump near Shayamoya, an unknown man opened the door of her vehicle and snatched Alexia who was sleeping on the back seat. She fled from the scene and reported the matter to police. After an intensive investigation, a 42-year-old woman was taken in for questioning by police on Monday. Detectives enlisted the services of the Umhlali Search and Rescue Unit to assist in the search for the missing child. Naicker said following an arduous operation, the body of the missing child was located in a sugarcane field in Riet Valley.
Police detained the woman at Umhlali police station and she will be charged for murder. She is expected to appear at the Umhlali Magistrates Court on Wednesday.
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