Henry family break their silence

2014-01-25 00:00

THE family of Ian Henry, the man who went missing for two days under mysterious circumstances, have broken their silence to lash out at allegations surrounding his disappearance.

Henry, manager of Bluff Meats Supply in Hillcrest, went missing on Monday after leaving the shop to attend a monthly meeting in Springfield Park, Durban.

Police, local community policing structures and private investigator Brad Nathanson subsequently launched a search for him.

A search on Henry’s computer indicated that the last thing he did was google a bed and breakfast in Kloof.

Nathanson was able to triangulate Henry’s cellphone on Tuesday morning to “somewhere in the vicinity of the Suncoast Casino”.

Updates on Henry’s disappearance were posted on the Brad Nathanson Investigations Facebook page, which drew a huge response.

Yesterday, family friend Calven Robinson issued a statement on behalf of the family, silencing the rumours about Henry’s missing days.

“To the disappointment of some very strange people out there, there is no story,” the statement read.

Robinson said Henry had a very stressful Christmas season and had suffered a breakdown as a result.

“However, we find the rumours and comments that are being made through social media to be distasteful and cruel. Ian was found alone and very ill. He is a brain cancer survivor and fought a long tiring battle against this disease,” Robinson said.

He attacked comments on social networks that accused Henry of being an alcoholic, saying he had “not touched a drop of alcohol for many years and does not gamble”.

“There is no sensational story — just a man who has been through a stressful time and who broke down.”

Henry was found in his car in the parking area of Suncoast Casino at 2 am on Wednesday morning.

He has since been hospitalised until doctors feel he is physically and mentally strong enough to be sent home.

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