Victoria Police have found a body of a toddler in Darebin Creek at Olympic Park in Heidelberg. They believe that it belongs to the 15-month-old Sanaya Shaib, who was reported missing from the park a day earlier.
The baby’s body was discovered by a family at around 2:45 am today. Having endured the pain of a child going missing, the family assisted the police in their search of baby Sanaya. The body has not been formally identified so far and a post mortem will be conducted today revealed 9News.
However, detectives believed that the body found matched that of the missing toddler. Detective Senior Sergeant Stuart Bailey informed that the body matched the description of the missing baby. It was also wearing the same clothes as the missing child.
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According to The Age, Sanaya was snatched from her blue and yellow pram by a bare footed man, who smelled of alchohol. He pushed the toddler’s mother, Sofina Nikat to the ground. The unknown abductor then took Sanaya and ran through the park. It is believed that the kidnapper ran across the foot bridge towards the Northland shopping centre and possibly towards Wood Street.
Victoria Police have released the details about the kidnapper. They said that he has been described as dark skinned person of African heritage. He is six-feet-tall, aged between 20 and 30 years and has short dark hair. He was seen barefooted and wearing black pants and a black hooded zipper top. He smelt strongly of alcohol.
ABC News reveals that the mother tried to chase the man, but was unsuccessful. Detective Senior Sergeant Bailey revealed that the police believed it was a random attack. “It is extremely concerning for Victoria police if this is a random abduction,” said Detective Bailey. “But we’re not closing off any lines of inquiry,” he added.