Family's desperate search for father

2011-08-01 00:00

THE Northdale family of Frank Thomas (78), is offering a monetary reward to anyone with information that could lead to their finding their father who went missing on Friday, April 15 during a violent hailstorm.

The family said Thomas was last seen around 2 pm in Northdale and was wearing a cream shirt, a grey jersey, fawn pants and grasshopper shoes.

His daughter Radha Pillay said he was taking a walk along Jaipus Road and Sonny Lotus Road when he went missing.

“Six days after my father’s disappearance we spotted a man wearing the jersey my father was wearing when he went missing. When we asked the man where he got the jersey, he said he got it from a church organisation which hands out clothing to the needy.

“When [we] approached the church, [it] could not recall having the specific jersey as they hand over clothing all the time. We are distraught as a family and all we now wish for is closure,” said Pillay.

Police spokesperson Lieutenant Joey Jeevan said the police have searched for three weeks for Thomas and because he was missing in the residential area, it became difficult to have a particular point of focus.

“If he was walking in the bushy area we would know which trail to follow, but here we have a situation in the residential area. We will keep on searching and we will extend the search to the national level,” said Jeevan yesterday.

Anyone with information on his whereabouts is asked to call Sergeant S. Ramnath at 084 469 6241 or Radha at 073 265 1329, or report to their nearest police station.

Another elderly man who has been missing for some time is Andries Nicolaas Oelofse (69) from Ashburton, who went missing early in July.

Oelofse’s son, Jan (40) said his father went to a local store and never returned home.

Oelofse was wearing a white shirt and a blue suit pants when he left his home.

He is an amputee with only one hand and has grey hair. He is an Afrikaans speaker and can also communicate in English, IsiZulu and SeSotho.

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