Devastated mom of missing teen opens up: ‘Just come home, my boy’

2017-10-09 17:04
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“My child is still missing. Where’s he eating? Where does he sleep? Is he safe?"

These were the words uttered by weeping mother Anel Erasmus on Monday.

Her son, Stephan Erasmus (17), and Toni Siebert (18), his stepsister who’s apparently also his girlfriend, have been missing since Thursday, 5 October.

The two teenagers disappeared from their parents’ home in Waterkloofrif, Pretoria at the crack of dawn and haven’t been seen since.

It’s thought that Stephan and Toni have travelled to Durban by bus.

“We’ve followed all leads but so far everything’s come to a dead end. We haven’t found them yet. I don’t know which way to turn anymore.”

On Sunday night Anel was briefly hopeful when she received a report that the teens had been spotted in the vicinity of Pretoria, where they apparently boarded either a Greyhound or Skyline bus.

Both companies have declined to release any information about their passengers.

“Another dead end,” Anel said despairingly.

Anel, who’s from Hoopstad in the Free State, said Stephan, a Grade 11 learner has been living with his father and his fiancée in Pretoria since January this year.

According to Anel, Stephan’s father Frans Erasmus confirmed on Sunday evening that Stephan and Toni were in a relationship – which didn’t meet their parents’ approval.

This is thought to be the reason why they disappeared from home.

“Whatever the problem is, we will sort it out, my child. There’s no problem we can’t face squarely and take on. Just let me, or any other family member, know if you’re safe.

“Where are you eating, where do you sleep, are you okay? Anything . . .” Anel said sobbing.

She says the youngsters took only an Xbox and a camera with them and could have exchanged these for money.

“Their bank cards, ID documents, cellphones and a lot of their clothes are still at home. By this time the money they got for the Xbox and camera is spent. What are they surviving on?” a worried Anel said.

She said Stephan’s Facebook account has been deactivated and none of his friends knew of his whereabouts.

“I have already phoned all his friends, even his school friends. My child should’ve been back at school today (Monday). His brother and sister are worried sick.”

Anel said she didn’t know what her son wore when he went missing but he might have had on a cap and sunglasses. According to a Pink Ladies report Toni may have dyed her hair red.

Stephan has a tattoo of a ram on his shoulder and answers to the names Stephan, Ras, Rassie or Frans.

The two young people have reportedly been spotted along the Durban coast, where the search for them is continuing.

 

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