Miguel Louw: Family to identify body; investigation continues

A decomposed body, believed to be that of missing Sydenham boy Miguel Louw, has been discovered in Phoenix, Durban, KwaZulu-Natal police said on Monday.

Captain Nqobile Gwala said police were at the scene in Longbury Drive, Phoenix, where a decomposed body, suspected to be that of Louw, was found. Louw went missing on July 17 in the Sydenham area.

Gwala said officers from Phoenix, who had been working in the area on another case, discovered the body just after 15:00.

“They were using the dog handler when they went to the bush. That’s when the dog led them to the body… When they arrived, that’s when they discovered the… approximate 10-year-old boy’s decomposed body.”

She could not confirm that it was Louw’s body.

“At the moment, we cannot confirm whose body it is, but there are strong possibilities that it’s the body of a child who went missing at the end of July.”

The family of Miguel Louw will be given an opportunity to identify the body today.

Louw was believed to have been kidnapped shortly after leaving school. When asked whether the body found was clothed in a school uniform, Gwala said that it had decomposed to such an extent that the clothing was only slightly visible.

Police say the suspect they have in custody, who’s linked to the disappearance of little Miguel, lives close to where the body of a child was found in Phoenix yesterday.

“The suspect is said to be living along this road – Longbury Drive,” The police’s Thembeka Mbhele said. 

The suspect remains behind bars. He was granted bail last week but has been unable to meet his bail requirements.  


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