Cops are hunting for a strangler who attacked a 15-year-old schoolgirl who was out jogging.
Franziska Blochliger was walking with her mom and sister in Tokai forest when she ran off on her own on Monday afternoon.
When she failed to return home, her frantic family started searching for her and when they could not find her, raised the alarm at 4pm.
Her body was found in Dennendal Road in Kirstenhof in the evening at about 6.15pm.
Police are tight-lipped about the case, and yesterday would not reveal who found the teen’s body.
An elite team of detectives has been assigned to find her killer.
Last night, thousands of people gathered on Dennedal Road to hold a memorial for the Waldorf High School Grade 10 meisie.
The teen lived in Muizenberg with her parents, who own the Charterfield Guesthouse in Kalk Bay.
Her heartbroken father Florian Blochliger, a Swizz national who has been living in SA for 20 years, has offered a reward for the arrest of his daughter’s killer.
He says Franziska’s body was found fully dressed and she still had her cellphone on her.
“My daughter’s life was taken for nothing,” he says.
A classmate, who asked not to be identified, tells the Daily Voice Franziska was popular at school.
“I am still new to the school, but we all knew her,” she says while placing flowers around the fence with a relative.
“We are very shocked.”
Police sources at the scene said a man, aged between 30 and 40, is believed to be behind the attack after he was spotted in the woods days before.
Police spokesman Lieutenant Colonel André Traut says: “The victim was possibly strangled. She was reported missing earlier the same day after failing to return after a jog. No one has been arrested yet. We are investigating all possibilities.”
Kirstenhof Crime Watch told the Cape Argus there has been a spike in muggings in the area recently.
Fruit seller Mark Nicholson, 56, says he often keeps watch over joggers, but on Monday, he stayed away after Law Enforcement officials warned him to stop trading there.
“The community wants me here daily because I keep them safe and watch who enters,” he says.
“I reckon if I had to be here, perhaps this would not have happened, she would still be alive.”