Missing Uitenhage teenager found dead, suspect in custody

BY ASAVELA FEKEMA - MAY 3, 2016

A search that took almost five days ended  in tragedy for the family of a Uitenhage teenager, after her body was identified in a shack close to her family home.

When the body of 14 year-old Micaylen Hendricks was found in Tambovile, on Sunday evening, it reportedly appeared to have been strangled.

She had been missing since Wednesday morning after she was sent to buy nappies for her little brother.

Her mother, Desiree, described her as a quiet child, who loved spending time with family and friends.

“She loved reading the bible and was involved in the church and youth,” she said.

The father, Milton Ludick, said Micaylen had been in contact with a young boy for a while, and on the day she disappeared she had his phone with her.

“If only they traced my phone from the beginning, they would have found her alive,” he said.

Police Spokesperson, Sergeant Majola Nkohli, says a search was launched after the mother reported the girl to be missing and police worked around the clock to find the culprit.

“We received information from the community on when she was last seen, and with whom. We followed up on the leads. One of the community members showed us where we could find her, but she was already dead,” said Sergeant Nkohli.

A 22 year-old suspect has since been arrested for the death of Micaylen, and will appear in a local court this week.