Missing Paarl woman’s friend caught with her mom’s stolen car

By Joanie Bergh
23 January 2017

He claims he and Nicole had an argument on a roadtrip home, and he'd dropped her off in Oudtshoorn and told her to find her own way back to Paarl. She never did.

A friend of Nicola Pienaar (28), who has been missing since 5 January, will appear in a Port Elizabeth magistrate’s court on Monday in connection with a stolen car.

The 32-year-old friend was caught in possession of Nicola’s mother’s silver Peugeot 206 on Saturday.

Colonel Priscilla Naidu, a police spokesperson, says the man will appear in court on a charge of possession of a suspected stolen car.

Nicola and the friend apparently left Paarl together on 5 January. Some reports suggest the man was her boyfriend.

According to Colonel Naidu the friend alleged that they had had an argument on 7 January and that he’d dropped her off in Oudtshoorn with money and told her to make her way back to Paarl.

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Nicola’s petrol card was used for the last time on 9 January in Krakeel, a village near Kareedouw in the Eastern Cape.

On Saturday morning the police were informed of a Peugeot parked in a deserted parking lot belonging to a KFC fast-food restaurant.

“The flying squad reached the car at 5 am,” Colonel Naidu says.

She says on close examination of the number plate the police discovered the car had been reported stolen in Paarl. Nicola’s friend was in the car and was arrested on the scene.

Marlaine Pienaar-Vice, Nicola’s mother, had reported the car stolen. A while later she’d reported her daughter missing.

She declined to comment for fear that it might hamper the investigation. Nicola is still missing.

Colonel Naidu says local police are cooperating with detectives from Paarl in an attempt to find Nicola.

Anyone with information on Nicola’s whereabouts can call the police on 021-807-4000.

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