Daughter missing, dad spends Father’s Day in frantic search

2012-06-19 00:00

AN anxious Marburg dad spent Father’s Day searching for his youngest daughter who went missing last week.

Cyril Reddy is appealing to anyone with information of her whereabouts to call him or the police immediately.

He told The Witness yesterday that his family has had sleepless nights since last Wednesday when his 24-year-old daughter, Samantha, disappeared.

She is also known as Preshika.

“It’s been traumatic since day one. There are so many possibilities of what could have happened to her that I can’t even say what my worst fear is.

“All we want is for her to be returned home safely to us. If anyone has any information, please, please come forward and tell us,” he said.

On the morning of her disappearance, Samantha told her mother that she was going to buy airtime from a tuckshop in the area.

She was then going to visit her best friend, Marilyn Moodley.

“She never made it to my house. Only later that night we realised that she was missing. It’s been six days already,” said Moodley.

Moodley said that she saw Samantha the day before and she seemed normal.

“She was the same old Sam. She was not depressed. Nothing showed there was anything wrong. We’ve been best friends for our whole lives. She would have told me if something was bugging her.

“She didn’t intend to leave home. Everything is still there — even her cellphone charger. All she has is what she was wearing on that day.

“She also never made it to the tuckshop. Her parents didn’t worry until about 8 pm because we usually drop her off around that time whenever she comes to visit.”

Samantha’s phone has been switched off since that day.

“That same night we searched everywhere. We looked in the bushes, in the hospitals and the mortuaries, but there is no sign of her.

“My worst fear that night was finding her body dumped somewhere,” Moodley said.

Reddy said: “Samantha is a very quiet and reserved child and she keeps to herself.”

He said she did not talk to strangers.

“We are so worried about her. I just need to hear her voice and know that she is okay and will be home soon.”

Port Shepstone police are investigating a missing person’s docket. Samantha was last seen at 10 am last Wednesday in Friesland Drive, Marburg. She is slender, tall and dark in complexion.

She has long, straight hair and dark eyes, and a birthmark on her right cheek.

She was wearing denim jeans, silver slippers and black and blue hooded jacket at the time of her disappearance.

Anyone with information is asked to call Port Shepstone police at 039 688 1003/1004/1005 or her father, Cyril, at 071 017 7834 or Marilyn Moodley at 084 371 2075.

• witness@feveronline.co.za

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