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Kirstenhof community on high alert after teen found dead in Tokai Forest

Police are investigating the vicious killing of a 15-year-old-school girl whose body was found in Tokai forest.

The teen was reported missing on Monday afternoon after she failed to arrive at an arranged meeting point on a running route.

The victim had been missing since 3 o'clock in the afternoon. She was running in the Tokai Forest and had separated from the people she was with.

Sean Powell, chairperson of the Kirstenhof Crime Watch

The victim was found about 10 metres off of the path by one of our patrollers and a community member.

Sean Powell, chairperson of the Kirstenhof Crime Watch

The communities were placed on high alert and I am deeply impressed with the Saps response at this stage - they are treating the case at the highest levels.

Sean Powell, chairperson of the Kirstenhof Crime Watch

Kirstenhof Crime Watch's Sean Powell said on Tuesday that some members of the search party will undergo trauma counselling after what he described as a brutal discovery.

At this stage, it is better to avoid the Tokai Forest area. Police would have secured the crime scene anyway, and people would be prevented from entering.

Sean Powell, chairperson of the Kirstenhof Crime Watch

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