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Body of missing Joburg architect found in Zoo Lake

By Faeza
12 July 2017

The body of a 32-year-old Johannesburg architect, who has been missing for two weeks, was found in the water at the lower end of Zoo Lake, Parkview police confirmed on Wednesday morning.

Police spokesperson Captain Tintswalo Sibeko confirmed in a statement that the body was found by community members on Tuesday evening around 18:00. An inquest has been opened for investigation, she said.

On June 24, well-built Edward Blonski was captured on CCTV footage jogging around Zoo Lake just after midday, sporting a blue T-shirt and knee-length white cargo shorts. He was not wearing any shoes.

The blue-eyed man was last seen on foot on Dorset Road near Jan Celliers School in Parkview.

He was presumed to have crossed the street and made his way towards Zoo Lake.

He did not return home.

After two weeks, the family grew more concerned and circulated more flyers through the Pink Ladies and People Search And Rescue Unit (PSARU) – both organisations which spread awareness about missing people.

Earlier this month, Blonski's cousin Jacqueline Wijtenburg took to Facebook to describe what the family was going through.

"His unfathomable disappearance is hard for our minds and challenging for our hearts. One of 'us' is missing and possibly hurting. There is a void. An emptiness. A lack of concrete information. A mystery that we are containing."

Sibeko confirmed that the body had been identified by the family on Tuesday night.

Blonski's family confirmed in a Facebook post in the early hours of Wednesday morning that the unidentified body was his.

He was discovered by members of the public and police were expected to conduct an autopsy to confirm the cause of his death.

"Our family wish to sincerely thank every single person and association who helped us search far and wide in the last two weeks," Wijtenburg said.

Source: News24