Interpol to help search for kidnapped girl

2012-12-06 07:36

Johannesburg - Interpol and police from neighbouring countries have been asked to help track down a 7-year-old girl who was kidnapped from her primary school in an operation allegedly staged by her biological father.

Pura Pahlo was snatched by four armed men who pretended to be police officers outside the Waterkloof Primary School, The Times reported.

The men also tried to kidnap the girl’s foster mother, Kim Andreou, but her screams alerted other parents at the school and the father drove off with the girl.

Police arrived at the scene and arrested the four men as they tried to get the woman into their car, Sapa reported.

Custody battle

The girl’s foster parents said the child needed protection from her biological father, who tried to kidnap the girl before and was wanted on several charges.

The girl has been in foster care for six years because of a bitter custody battle between her American father, Ray Pahlo, 42, and her Ghanaian mother.

Foster father Evan Andreou said his biggest fear was never seeing their little angel again.

"He has no love for her. Last year he tried to 'buy' Pura from Kim when he came to our creche. He offered her R10 000 for his 'property', he said.

He said his wife could not get the little girl’s screams out of her head.

Anyone with information about Pura or Pahlo, or a beige Mercedes-Benz with the licence plate SPR947GP, has been asked to contact the investigating officer, Constable Johannes Tjiane on 083 7669342.

Police spokesperson Captain Pinky Tsinyane told Sapa it is believed the father will try to take the child out of the country.

The four arrested men, aged between 21 and 45, were allegedly promised R5 000 to kidnap the child. They will appear in the Pretoria Magistrate's Court in the near future on charges of kidnapping and impersonating police officers.

  • boniboo - 2012-12-06 08:29


      ulandi.potgieter - 2012-12-06 10:07

      how do you know she's been found?

  • kalabafazi - 2012-12-06 08:38

    With all the negative stories going around about the SAPS one wonders if the "kidnappers" were police imposters or the real deal.

  • fran.aphane - 2012-12-06 09:04

    A foreign tug of war taking place in South Africa, is like a 007 movie but am glad she has been found.

      LizaMarx - 2013-01-04 00:07

      Glad she were found??? Please read the true story! I know Ray. His daughter wants to be with him and even chose to be with him!!! All of you so silly to believe everything you see in the media

  • thoka.mphoka - 2012-12-06 09:30

    another round of bells to the cops

  • bosslady.Magoai - 2012-12-06 11:02

    Neighbouring countries have now been asked to get involved in trying to find Pura

  • LizaMarx - 2013-01-04 00:05

    the child was placed in a play school temporary .the headmaster is the mastermind and the other teachers became aware of this ladies intentions after she stated "she wanted to adopt this child to her brothers family on account that they couldn't conceive of a child of their own week one upon enrollment ,the mother is a un educated west african from ghana that apperently took comfort money to stay away and was indirectly under the threat of being deported the headmaster intentionally influenced her to believe that she was in another type of context ,providing the proper setting to use the mothers assumed superior rights against me as at the time the courts were not recognizing father as they "say " they do now" the headmaster bribed a 22 year old social worker to place a detention order (form 4) and and remove the child without notice or a pre-investigation etc. I have the home room teachers confession of the the school that oversaw my daughter for 4 years !

  • LizaMarx - 2013-01-04 00:05

    This damming un- controvertible evidence clears the fraud from the facts! the so called 'danger"alleged to be used in removing our daughter never happened infact the social worker never came to the school according to the teachers that are in fear of losing the jobs. A South African first application(abridged) for the child was fraudulently constructed to mirror the child real name (trust account) yet it was a fabrication that allowed this administration to go unnoticed while I was fighting smoke and mirrors. finally my investigation led me to home affairs admitting that I had two daughters on record with exact same details yet one was the SA and the other was the original Un abridged certificate for foreign parents temporarily using this for id only .

  • LizaMarx - 2013-01-04 00:05

    grant money ,bonds,and this being a security instrument in of its self warranted much more than a response "its in the child's best interest".. I have brought this to the attention of judges,minister,police,social services, registrar, teachers,public,endlessly, everyone appearances prejudice ,overwhelmed and scared to step up or out there for any child's best interest in this context, always deferring their mandate and the child care act ,and the law! differing the reality continuously therefor trespassing and violating most of our human rights ! Not to mention; due process,notice,disclosure ,collusion,racketeering,extortion,human trafficking,securities fraud,grant fraud,admin fraud,trafficking,cruel and unusual punishment,crimes against children,libels,slander,defeating the ends of justice,criminal injura,false reporting,bribery,5 years straight of these premeditated crimes against the child and family's personal.private,public, lawful, legal rights. The mother has not been found ,the registrar has knowingly turned the "Act" on its head and the child's best interest for they refused to take notice in and for the public record. the hawks as well.

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