An inquest is underway after Mpho Albert March’s body was found on Friday. The four-year-old disappeared near the Thabapatswa settlement at Tweespruit in the Eastern Free State earlier this week.
Brig. Police spokesperson Motantsi Makhele said in a statement that a community member came to Mpho’s body this afternoon when the wood went to fetch. The child was lying face down and had bruises on his face.
NewsLite SA earlier reported that Mpho was reported missing on Monday after apparently going to the field with a teenage boy and not returning.
According to the teenage boy, Mpho looked tired. The teenage boy told Mpho to wait for him while fetching the other cattle that had grazed some distance from the rest of the herd.
When the teenage boy returned to the place where he left Mpho, he ran away. The area is also densely forested.
Mpho’s mother, Anastatia March, went to look for Mpho herself. When she couldn’t find him, she informed the police of his disappearance.