Freed US women give hope to SA families

2013-05-07 22:41

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Cape Town - With the discovery of three women who had been missing for a decade in the US, hope remains alive for families of missing people in South Africa, Missing Children South Africa (MCSA) said on Tuesday.

Judy Olivier from MCSA, said: "When one speaks to a family member of a person or child, who has been missing for such a long time, one thing you can say for sure - they are still hoping - day in and day out. 

"Cases like the one of the US women who were found, it does show other families that there is always hope."

MCSA assists police with finding people and creating national awareness, through fliers and their website.

She said they had cases of children who had been missing for 16 to 18 years, and were still distributing their fliers.

For instance "the case of Edna Elaine Piercey, who has been missing since 2001, we are still in contact with her family on a regular basis and her mother has never stopped believing".

She said children were reported missing for many reasons, like simply just getting lost to kidnapping and human trafficking.

"We always encourage parents who experience the trauma of having a child missing to create as much awareness as possible, and as quickly as possible, about your child."

The organisation also assisted in trying to locate some of the missing victims of paedophile Gert van Rooyen and his partner Joey Haarfhoff, who were linked to the disappearance of at least six girls from 1988 to 1990.

The pair allegedly committed suicide after facing arrest, but their victimes were never found.

Olivier said in the Van Rooyen case some of the families of the missing girls had contacted MCSA for help.

Through MCSA, Olivier hoped that parents become more vigilant through their awareness campaigns, adding that more and more people have reported their children missing.
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