Police have confirmed that a suspect arrested in a joint search operation yesterday (September 23) had confessed to the rape and murder of 5-year-old Seya Sadewmi in Kotadeniyawa.

The suspect was taken into custody last night while hiding out at Bemmulla in Gampaha.

Police have stated that the suspect had been staying at a house in close proximity to that of the victim.

Two others who were earlier arrested in connection with the crime are in remand custody till September 28.