Missing girl found, stepdad arrested

2012-04-04 09:26

Mbombela - Jacolene Vermeulen, 13, who went missing in Ermelo last Wednesday, was found in Marloth Park near Komatipoort on Tuesday thanks to someone who had read about her disappearance in the newspaper.

The reader saw the front page story about the girl’s disappearance and recognised the girl.

Police were informed that the girl and her stepfather Riaan Roberts, 36, were apparently seen at a pool in Marloth Park on Saturday.

Constable Jaco Steyn of the Ermelo police station’s unit for domestic violence, child protection and sexual offences, had been searching for her since her disappearance last week.

She was last seen at the JJ van der Merwe primary school last Wednesday.

“I took the information given by the Beeld reader and informed my colleagues in the Lowveld and they raided a house in Marloth Park on Tuesday afternoon.”

Roberts was arrested at the house in Vlakvark Street.

The girl was not injured and was placed with child welfare officials.

  • Rika - 2012-04-04 09:38

    Thank you Lord!

      Foc - 2012-04-04 10:08

      WTF??? uhm is this not a little bit TOO much?

      Schmee - 2012-04-04 10:37

      Thanks to the guy that read the newspaper. Thanks to the newspaper for publishing it. Thanks to the cops who followed up. Oh wait, looks like none of those count. Anyway why let the girl go missing in the first place. *Sigh*

      richard.hipkin - 2012-04-04 11:05

      You all spot on..

      Jason - 2012-04-04 18:05

      Alicia - Get a grip. We are not all Christians and your mindless mumbo jumbo is borderline insane.

  • Stille - 2012-04-04 09:42

    Sounds like they were on holiday.

      Ashliegh - 2012-04-04 12:43

      hulle besig was om saam April Fool nie geweet hulle sal wou word as 'n ontvoerde skande

  • Pixie86 - 2012-04-04 09:43

    this is shoddy reporting. Was the girl kidnapped? Did she go willingly? Tell us

      John - 2012-04-04 10:18


      Japie.Bosch - 2012-04-04 12:13

      They will tell if they have the info.

      Eli - 2012-04-04 16:12

      Agreed. So, she was with her step father at a holdiday house swimming and having fun! Why was he arrested? Doesnt make any sense.

  • elizabethann.auld - 2012-04-04 09:47

    As I commented before - where is her mother?

      Foc - 2012-04-04 10:09

      The mother is on holiday with the ex-husband ... this is Hillbillie Country

  • - 2012-04-04 10:09

    Scary people out there like seriously

  • Ashliegh - 2012-04-04 10:15

    what was going on the time they find them at the park we have missing info here tell us

  • meredith.r.pollock - 2012-04-04 10:34

    From reading this it says nothing about the child being kidnapped as such, did she run away and go to her stepfather or did he just take her, & if they were seen at a pool on Saturday I can't see that she was there against her will, so what the hell is the actual story here????? Just wondering...

      richard.hipkin - 2012-04-04 11:06

      Don't let your imagination run wild...

      samantha.etberg - 2012-04-04 11:38

      The previous story regarding this said she ws fetched from school in ermelo - kidnapped. They were then searching for her stepdad. I know the swimming pool area she was seen at - it's a holiday town. Poor reporting! There's no mention of her mother or any other relative.

  • Irene - 2012-04-04 10:36

    Glad to hear that she has been found and thanks to the vigilant reader who had recognised her as the missing girl.

  • Cesilia - 2012-04-04 12:29

    As mens ni hapy is by mense ni, sal ek ok weg loop....Teminste het sy na ha stiefpa gegan en nie soos ander uit gedraai en kopi verloor met straate drank vreemde mans en drugs ni...... Wens mense wil die REGTE stories vitel en ni altyd AFLYDINGS maak ni....Di kind het seke so veel seer...Sy nog te kan ek se dom vi groot mens lewe. Help ha reg en hu ha by famielie wat om net weg vat in n huis goi saam vreemde mense ni, Wat help dit???? Jule vat soms kinders weg by ouers wat vrek hard proebeer als reg hu----Dan is da kinders wat leterlik net da is want dis n oeps,ek wil hom ni he ni....baba beland in hos,en SO WAAAAR gee jul dai kind terug vi mense wat hom ni wil he ni.... HU werk dit????

  • Zimbobwe - 2012-04-04 13:17

    Where is the real father??? What is the stepfather doing with a 13year old without informing her parents??? Why didn't the stepdad reported to the family that she is taking her with??? You can clearly see this family from the real father, mother and stepdad are all messed up. From the pictures this girl looks older than 13. I hope this is not another case of incest like the one in Pretoria North were the whole family were making porn movies and selling it on the net. Stepdads can be deceiving sometimes!!!

  • Raj - 2012-04-04 23:48

    Thank GOD she was found in time alive. I said so in my comments yesterday that this pervert wanted his bread buttered on both sides, taking advantage over a 13 year old who was already vulnerable to an unfortunate family situation. Sometimes one needs to read between the lines. This was her step father which means that her parents have been through a seperation for whatever unknown reason. The marriage failed within, I presume 14 years or so. Most seperations bring about animosity, depression, poverty, insecurity to the kids, unhappiness etc. Thus this child may have looked at the next supporting figure being her step father for parental love, guidance and support. Instead he took advantage of the situation and abused her. Whether she went willingly with him or not, he knew better at his age to do the right thing. He needs to pay a hefty price for his deeds. He is responsible for tarnishing her reputation considering that there are already allegations of sexual acts. The picture has already been painted, whether she sexually interacted with him or not. It will take a lot to prove her innocent, without counseling this child is going to have a very dim future and may result in any parents worst nightmare, drugs, prostitution or something similar.

  • billidp - 2012-04-05 08:40

    To those querying what the full story is, read this article

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