Still no sign of missing professor as day three of search closes

2010-02-24 00:00

THE search for Professor Steve de Gruchy of the University of KwaZulu-Natal in Pietermaritzburg continued yesterday until late afternoon.

De Gruchy (48) disappeared while tubing in the Middlerus area of the Mooi River with his son David on Sunday morning.

The Witness reported yesterday that the two were about to enter the rapids when the professor came off his tube. It is alleged that he waved his son on, indicating that he was alright and that was the last time he was seen.

A few hours later police were alerted and a search commenced, with no positive results.

The search resumed on Monday until late in the evening, still with no positive results.

A source close to yesterday’s search said they did not find De Gruchy.

“We focused on the same area and went downstream and back again with no sign of him. The search will resume today,” said the source.

A spokeswoman for the De Gruchy family, Bridget Krone, said the family has arranged a memorial service for Saturday at the Cathedral of the Holy Nativity in Langalibalele Street at 3 pm.

“We are still waiting for news of Steve, but no body has turned up yet. Everything points to his drowning, so we are starting to plan for a funeral or memorial service — depending on whether or not his body comes up from the river,” said Krone yesterday evening.

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