Search for abducted Pinetown boy yields no clues

2010-05-18 00:00

“I JUST want my little boy home.”

This is the heart-wrenching plea of Pinetown mother, Monique Verster, to those who abducted her nine-year-old son Michael from outside his school almost three weeks ago.

Michael, who has red hair and hazel eyes, was last seen jumping into a car with a white male on April 28. He was wearing his school uniform — a white shirt, navy jersey, grey trousers and black shoes.

Battling to hold back tears, Verster told The Witness that Michael was in a happy mood the day he went missing. “That morning, he was in a really good mood. He seemed very content when I dropped him off at the school gate.” Verster said that Michael grabbed his school bag and waved goodbye.

“I had no idea that my little boy would be in danger. An hour later, I received a call from the school saying that Michael was not in class.” she said.

Frantic, Verster rushed to the school. “We went to the police station and opened a missing person report. We also searched the area for him. I couldn’t believe that this was happening,” she said.

Verster said the family has put up posters all around Durban and engaged with a missing children website, but nobody has come forward with concrete information about Michael’s whereabouts.

“We have received many calls from concerned people who say that they are praying for my son but nobody has any solid information. That’s what we need right now.”

The family has searched Vereeniging, where his father lives, Pretoria and Meyerton for Michael.

“We are worried sick about him. So much time has passed.” Verster appealed to Michael’s abductors not to harm him.

“He is such a special boy. I just pray that they give him back to me.”

If anybody has information, call 072 214 7439 or 072 171 4007.

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