According to police on Saturday, the boy was spotted by witnesses in the area of the assault and had traces of fibre from the 9-year-old Kassandra's clothes on him. The boy attends a school for emotionally disturbed youngsters was friends with the girl's siblings and knew the girl as well.
The boy came to the attention of the investigators not long after Kassandra was found September 15 in critical condition though with no signs of sexual abuse. The day before she had attended a Catholic youth group meeting but did not return home, prompting a call to the police from her worried parents.
Using search dogs, police found Kassandra in a closed gully 1.5 metres below ground. Police say Kassandra's condition has improved and that she will not suffer any permanent physical impairment from the assault although she is not yet ready to talk to investigators.