Mom's heartfelt letter to missing child

2012-02-21 22:43

Cape Town - A Rustenburg mother has written a heartfelt letter to her daughter who vanished without a trace more than 10 years ago, pleading to know her child’s whereabouts.

The letter was released along with a police ID kit of what the daughter might look like today at the age of 26.

When Edna Elaine Piercey went missing, she had short black hair. She is Caucasian with brown eyes. 

Janine Lottering says in the letter to Edna Elaine Piercey that it has been "10 long years since I have physically seen your beautiful face".

Piercey went missing on 14 October 2001 after returning from a school camp. After washing her clothes and telling her step-father about her weekend, the then 16-year-old schoolgirl said she was walking over to a friend’s house to fetch her school case.

But she was never seen or heard from again.

Wouldn't run away'

Lottering told News24 on Tuesday she doesn't believe that Edna would have run away.

"I would say if she planned to run away, why bother [washing] school clothes? Why bother to take off [her] watch and rings and put it in [her] dressing table if [she's] planning on running away?

"Why come home with a bag full of clothes if [she's] going to run away? [She's] got a bag full of clothes that she used at the camp, why come home, why not run away directly from school? That doesn't make sense to me," Lottering said.

She believes that someone took her daughter. Lottering also believes that rampant prostitution in Rustenburg might be a reason why someone took her.

Then, just months after Edna disappeared, Lottering's other daughter, Blanche disappeared and soon after her body was found.

Blanche was brutally murdered and her face was removed. "There was a hole where her face was," Lottering said.

She also believes that her daughters’ tragedies are connected, that Blanche might have been taken by the same people who took Edna.

Small comfort

To make matters worse, Rustenburg police apparently lost the case dockets for both investigations. This is after they allegedly blamed Lottering and her husband for their daughters' deaths.

She claims to have also contacted Piet Byleveld for information regarding Edna's disappearance but has not received any feedback from him.

The only comfort that Lottering has is that she knows where Blanche is.

"Some days I'll get up and I’m very depressed and some days I'll feel like running into a wall and some days I can cope."

Lottering said that her husband is finding it equally difficult to deal with his step-daughters’ loss as they were very close and he had cared for them since they were little girls.

"I would do anything to get my girls back.

"I would go to the end of the world if I could just find my child."

If you have any information that could help find Edna or other missing persons, contact Missing Children SA on 072 647 7464.

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  • mary.kircher - 2012-02-22 00:03

    this made me cry - I cannot imagine your grief, I can only hope that somewhere, somehow, you will find Edna. Blessings.

  • rene.mcevoy - 2012-02-22 03:09

    Very Touching, I hope by us sharing this article, some kind of closure will come for the parents as somebody might just trigger something and the whereabouts of this child will become known.

  • Sylvester Mohloli - 2012-02-22 06:04

    No parent deserves what you are going through :(

  • brionyl.french - 2012-02-22 06:06

    Has anyone looked on Facebook

      Lente Shaw - 2013-07-03 13:18

      Hi I have checked and there is three people that goes by Edna Piercey. Hopes this helps.

  • Mpho Gwala - 2012-02-22 06:20

    That's a very sad story. May something be brought to light soon, if for nothing else but closure to the family

  • Janice - 2012-02-22 06:56

    Police "lost" both dockets?????????????

      angelanell7 - 2012-03-23 08:02

      Surely police should scan and input all evidence on several backup disks stored at various locations. How can they lose dockets with today's technology...

  • Wendy - 2012-02-22 07:12

    Police incompetence once again!

  • Ziggie - 2012-02-22 07:14

    I so feel for her, would have been off my mind by now!!, holding thumbs for you!!!

  • GTR2 - 2012-02-22 07:18

    Sad very Sad

  • godesha - 2012-02-22 07:23

    What a sad story. I don't think I will ever rest if one of my children disappeared like that. Janine, I hope that you will find your answers some day.

  • Cristina - 2012-02-22 07:24

    SO sad....

  • mmakgaboe - 2012-02-22 07:41

    God bless the mother and continue to give her strength until she finds her daughter. I cannot begin to imagine how she feels when she lays her head down to sleep and when she wakes up in the morning - she needs our prayers to stay strong

  • Khomotso - 2012-02-22 07:54

    No parent deserves to go through that

  • Pietertjie - 2012-02-22 07:59

    i honestlu wish you find you girl still alive, healthy and happy wrer ever she has been staying for the past ten years.

  • Andre - 2012-02-22 08:09

    Thank you so much for our brilliant police force. It is a disgrace that this mother is treated like this. Time the minister get involve.

  • rinao - 2012-02-22 09:00

    I cannot begin to imagine this woman's agony, I tried but the thought of this happening to one of my children never mind two sent me into panic attack and the tears were brimming, the feeling inside unbearable, I truly pray that God in his wisdom can grant this poor Mom peace.

  • Carolann - 2012-02-22 09:35

    God doesnt sleep Janine, He will deal with the perpertrators and heavily too, my heart goes out to you, losing ur loved ones, may you find your precious daughter and fill the gap that u have in your heart. im so sorry for your loss of your other daughter, i cannot imagine how much pain you had to endure , may God cover you with His wings and keep you safe always.

  • Ann - 2012-02-22 09:41

    Janine, I have two daughters and I could not imagine what happened to your daughters happening to them. I can only imagine a tiny bit of the grief and pain you must be feeling. You must be a very strong woman to have lived with this for the last 10 years. May GOD bless you and keep you strong. I will include Edna and yourself in my prayers in the hope that you will be re-united.

  • carolyn.dewrance - 2012-02-22 09:50

    STep father, that was the first thought that came to me, was not satisfied with what he was getting out of his wife, so tried the same with the little girls, only this time killed them so that they would not tell their mother what he had done. In America, the skelaton of a young girl that went missing in 1999 was found yesterday in a house that the police suspected might be the last place that she was seen but never did anything. Only when the house was demolished this week did they find the remains of the young girl. she was 10 when she went missing.

  • Natascha - 2012-02-22 10:11

    Sad story. We always hope for the best and I do hope that she is alive and will be found. @ Se-a Spencer Ikeremm - perhaps you should change whatever career you are in and become a PI, considering you 'know' so much. remember assumptions are the mother of all f'ups!

  • Marlene - 2012-02-22 11:37

    Very sad. I hope you will get the closure you so desperately need. You are in our prayers.

  • Patti - 2012-02-22 11:39

    Yho!very sorry this happened to parent should ever be in so much have lost so much.i hope that one day the sun will shine and all the pain will go away......

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  • TheyTookMyNickLaZynEko - 2012-02-22 11:53

    pathetic police.

  • Kerry - 2012-02-22 11:58

    I cant believe police lost the both dockets this case should be re opened!

  • Liesbet - 2012-02-22 12:27

    Struggle to find the rights words.... Cannot imagine the grief for both girls....

  • - 2012-02-22 12:33

    Oh my soul... just thinking that this could have been my baby... God bless both you and Edna.. and I pray that you find each other again...

  • cindy.atkins1 - 2012-02-22 13:40

    oh how sad, this made me cry. I pray that you find Edna.

  • vivisu100 - 2012-02-22 13:58

    true,very strange they not detain the stepfather,most cases more likely that the victims fall in the hand of the one that very close and familiar with them...2 girls from the same house seems so fishy here...maybe the stepfather have something to say?!??

  • Passionate.Parrot - 2012-02-22 14:31

    This is surely every parents nightmare. I feel so sad for you both. It must be so painful not knowing where she is, if she is being treated badly, is she alive. The questions must drive you mad daily. Oh my dear lady I pray that God in his mercy would bring you some relief, and return her to you soon. You will be in my prayers.

  • Janine - 2012-02-23 16:15

    I am the mother of Edna and Blanche, i would like to just say i am shocked on the comments of some people, i would like to say that the stepfather is not guilty, he suffers the same pain as me. We are keeping each other strong to search for Edna,so please don't say thing if you cannot prove it with facts.

      Tinky - 2012-05-28 10:21

      Janine - Don't pay too much attention to the negative comments on this forum, some people have no compassion, not to mention tact. I do hope that the people who made heartless comments, feel ashamed of themselves, when they realised that you have read, what they wrote. My heart goes out to you and your family.

  • Carla - 2012-05-28 10:42

    Absolutely heartbreaking. My heart goes out to Janine. I hope that you are able to find peace someday.

  • purpledotseverywhere - 2012-11-13 14:37

    How can the police just lose the dockets? With PC's and hard drives, even a simple copy to a cd would do! With the technology available to us nowadays there is no excuse! Janine, you are in my thoughs.

  • Louise Clarke - 2013-05-25 19:41

    There is no such thing as a lost docket...the murderer is around and known by some...hence the lost docket. The docket should have been reconstructed. The fate of these girls was decided by someone close to them. I believe what these girls had to endure is going to pale in comparison to what the murderer is going to face in judgement in the afterlife. PS: I think Edna was also murdered and the sister was defaced so people would think that body was Edna's. (The perp is dumb). Edna was probably also killed and clearly not everyone is telling all they know... What an injustice to those poor girls...I will be praying for the perpetrator and those who have assisted him in any way to feel convicted and just tell the truth.

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