As hundreds of people trooped out in a vigil for the sudden demise of 16-year-old Franziska Blöchliger in the Tokai Forest in Cape Town on Tuesday, recent report has it that three people suspected to have taken part in the murder have been arrested by the police
Confirming this, the Western Cape police spokesperson Lieutenant Colonel Andre Traut said the three who are between ages of 22 and 27 have been detained for questioning in connection to the brutal murder of Franziska Blöchliger.
The circumstances surrounding the case are still under investigation and no further information can be released at this stage,” he added.
Franziska, whose body was found in the Tokai Forest on Monday was believed to have been jogging through the forest on Monday afternoon when she was attacked.
Her parents, Florian and Shireen Blöchliger, who were devastated by the death of their daughter had earlier offered a reward of up to R50 000 for anyone who provides information leading to the arrest of the person responsible for her murder.
Meanwhile, the Table Mountain National Park has issued a statement sharing their grief and shock on the reported murder of the 16-year-old which took place in the lower Tokai section of the Park late Monday afternoon, 7 March.
The lower part of the forest will be off access to enable the South African Police Services (SAPS) forensic team to collect evidence at the crime scene. The South African National Parks (SANParks) Rangers will also be assisting SAPS to make sure that the area is not contaminated while the investigation is underway.
“The swiftness of this act has left the Park reeling especially since Lower Tokai is used by multi users groups on a daily basis and over the years this area has grown in popularity,” Park manager, Paddy Gordon says.
The lower park of the Tokai forest has “provided an alternative for local residents to cycle, walk, horse ride and jog” after Cape fires in the area in March 2015, which left the upper Tokai vulnerable and dangerous and closed off to the public.
Mothers and neighbours of the diseased family have continued to sympathize with the family with their bunches of bright bouquets and cards lined a fence on the corner of Dennedal Avenue and Orpen Road.