Toddler feared kidnapped by father

2011-01-26 00:00

POLICE are appealing for information about a missing two-year-old Durban girl, Isabella Krog, who is alleged to have been kidnapped by her father, Clint Walley (50).

Isabella’s mother, Michelle Krog, said yesterday she fears Isabella (almost three years old) is already out of the country, perhaps in Brazil.

She said people had subsequently told her that Walley “had been planning this for a long time”. According to Krog, Walley owns property in the UK, but would not go there because of extradition agreements with that country.

“I call her Thunder because she can destroy anything,” laughed Krog. “She is a very busy child with big, fat cheeks and a beautiful smile. She is very friendly.”

Krog said Isabella is very attached to her mother and only stopped breast-feeding some months back.

When asked what else Isabella may be missing about home, Krog replied, “Her puppy and Mitchell Park.”

She said Walley’s psychiatrist had assured her that he would not harm their child. Walley runs an online casino.

Krog said there were previous cases opened against Walley, including one of pointing a firearm.

Yesterday was her first day back at the recruitment agency she owns since Isabella went missing on Wednesday last week.

“He usually has her on a Tuesday night and takes her to school on Wednesday where I pick her up. When I realised she was not there I immediately panicked. I knew she was gone and that he had taken her.”

Asked how she was coping, Krog said she was not doing well.

“But my saving grace is knowing she is with her dad and not some stranger.”

She said Walley had filed an urgent application to get custody in 2009 but had “lost it 100%”.

Lieutenant-Colonel Anton Booysen of the Directorate of Priority Crimes Investigations (Hawks), said that if Walley has left the country with Isabella, he has done so illegally because there is no official record of him having crossed the country’s borders.

He warned that anyone assisting Walley would be committing an offence and appealed to anyone who may have lent him a car, offered him a bed for the night or given him and the child a lift to call him at 082 567 4187.

It is believed that the Hawks picked up the investigation after complaints that there had been little progress in the case.

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