Police in Lebowakgomo outside Polokwane have opened a case of inquest after a missing toddler was found dead. The 21-month-old baby girl, Motheo Rashilo, was found in the bushes near Màlatane Village on Wednesday 02 November 2022.


The child’s body was discovered after she was reported missing on Friday 28 October. The mother allegedly left the child at her friend’s place while she ran errands. When she returned, she was informed that the child had disappeared.

Consequently, the mother reported the matter to Lebowakgomo Police Station. Police immediately started with investigations. The search operations ultimately led to the discovery of the body on Wednesday at about 16:00.


It is not clear at this stage how the deceased got to the bushes. But the unfolding police investigations will ultimately reveal the cause of death. Police appeal to community members to give them space to fully investigate the matter.

Anyone with information regarding this incident should urgently contact the investigating officer Detective Sergeant Michael Magadani on 072 029 7499 or the crime stop number 0860010111 or the nearest police station or MySAPSApp.