Missing Stellies student's body found with help of GPS co-ordinates

2017-03-31 14:20
(Supplied by Stellenbosch University)

(Supplied by Stellenbosch University)

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Cape Town - The body of a young man, understood to be a Stellenbosch University student last seen a day ago, was found on the Stellenbosch Mountain on Friday.

Matthew Williams, 20, was last seen at his flat on Thursday, where he told a friend that he had an important project that day which he needed to print on campus.

He had been missing ever since.

Johan Marais of Wilderness Search and Rescue said Williams's body was found near the cellphone tower on the mountain at 08:40.

He was located with the help of his cellphone GPS co-ordinates, which was linked to his home computer.

"He had fallen 35m," Marais confirmed, following the early morning search commissioned by police.

Stellenbosch University spokesperson Martin Viljoen confirmed that the man, who was a third year BEd (Education) student, was reported as missing on Thursday and that Campus Security assisted the police in their search for him.

“The University has already been in contact with the student’s family. The Crisis Service of the Centre for Student Counselling and Development is providing support and counselling to friends and classmates of the deceased student,” he said. 

Senior Director of Student Affairs, Dr Birgit Schreiber, said that the death of a student “always comes as a shock to the institution”. 

An inquest docket has been opened.

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