Police have made a breakthrough in connection with the gruesome murder of oThongathi resident Komell Pillay whose semi-naked body was found in an abandoned building on Sunday.

Police said a 23- year-old man was arrested on Tuesday in connection with her murder and is being held at oThongati police station.

Pillay, 22, also known as Delicia was found dead in the derelict house on Watson Highway said police spokesperson Captain Nqobile Gwala.

“She was semi-naked when she was found. A post-mortem will be conducted to determine the cause of death.  A 23-year-old suspect was arrested. He will appear in the Verulam Magistrates’ Court soon,” Gwala said.

Pillay had left home on Saturday with a friend.

It is alleged that she went to a nightclub nearby.

When she did not return home the next day her family tried making contact with her via her cellphone but it was switched off. By midday on Sunday police had informed them of her death.