Suspect arrested in connection with murder of Courtney Pieters (3)

A 40-year-old man has been arrested in connection with the murder of three-year-old Courtney Pieters.

The suspect was apprehended on Sunday night in Elsies River, reports EWN's Lauren Isaacs.

Read: Community traumatised after Courtney Pieters (3) found dead

Pieters went missing last week Thursday and was last seen playing in a street near her home in Elsies River.

Her body was found buried in a shallow grave in Epping at the weekend.

Also read: Police open abduction docket for missing Elsies River child

Isaacs says the suspect is expected to appear in the Goodwood Magistrates Court on a charge of murder, but the date is still unknown.

There have been several unconfirmed reports about the suspect circulating on social media, but Isaacs advises that information can only be disclosed once he makes his court appearance.

Police will establish the cause of her death once an autopsy has been completed.

Take a listen to EWN update:

The entrance to a vacant plot in Epping has been decorated with flowers and teddy bears in honour of the murdered little girl.

WATCH: Elsies River community honours slain Courtney Pieters

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