Pretoria student vanishes

2011-07-21 09:36

Pretoria - A University of Pretoria student has disappeared without a trace, after going to fetch his car from a garage in the city at about 07:20 on Monday morning.

Duncan Allan, 20, a third year BCom student in investment management, was last seen as he collected his car at Lynnwood Motors in Atterbury Road, Menlo Park, after it had been serviced.

Closed-circuit television footage showed how Duncan waited for his car at the garage, but not how he drove off.

Since then his phone has been switched off, his bank card has not been used and his parents, friends and hostel friends have heard nothing from him. He is a member of the house committee at Olienhout hostel in Lynnwood Road.


“It’s hell,” said his mother Pam Allan, 52, on Wednesday.

“You wake up at night and wonder where he is. It feels like my heart has been broken in two. All that we are looking for, is an eyewitness, because someone must have seen him somewhere.”

Duncan's father Tim Allan, 52, says they received a phone call from one of his friends to find out if they knew where he was because he hadn’t come to class.

Duncan also didn’t turn up on Wednesday to see a student to whom he taught extra lessons.

Since Duncan disappeared, notices have been put on Facebook, Twitter and the anti-crime network eBlockwatch to help find him.

The family has been overwhelmed by calls.

Search parties

Family friend Margo Johnson said family members, friends and former pupils of King Edward VII School (KES) in Johannesburg, where Duncan had gone to school, had formed search parties.

Several parking areas in the east of Pretoria, as well as hospitals and mortuaries have been visited, but in vain.

“At his stage we are searching for his car, because it is a starting point to finding out where he could be,” said Johnson.

"We suspect his car was hijacked but don’t want to jump to conclusions.

“Duncan has never run away before or shown strange behaviour.”

The missing student drives a green VW Jetta with the registration number DJY 086 GP.

•    Anyone with information can call investigating officer Warrant Officer Denny Phatshwane on 082 319 9647.

  • ReThan - 2011-07-21 09:46


      Uthando - 2011-07-21 10:25

      Oh nooo.... Dear God, please keep him safe until he's found. Amen.

      Future Human - 2011-07-21 13:20

      @Steen, if i were you I would kill myself!

      Vernon - 2011-07-21 13:59

      @Steen,if i were you I would kill myself! Again.

      LUFC - 2011-07-21 14:09

      Steen you don't seem to understand what life is actually about. It's sad.

      Ann - 2011-07-21 14:22

      @ Steen - I hope for your sake that no one you love or care for ever goes missing. In a perfect world News24 would be able to assist with all those who have gone missing. There are a couple of webs that offer the service: Show some feelings and think about others grief and sense of hopelessness.

      Michael - 2011-07-21 14:28

      :-( I have a bad feeling about this, my condolences to the family as this ordeal is about to get uglier knowing how crime ufcks with our peaceful life and with force takes our freedom away.

      Michael - 2011-07-21 14:34

      Steen, go and blame SAPS for piss poor job. Just take a look on their website listing missing adults! WTF? Who the heck is the webmaster? Oh yes, forgot is he too caught up in WEB MASTERY of corruption to get work done!

      Dave - 2011-07-21 15:03

      Steen you a first class prat, why not crawl under a rock and perish you idiot..

      Kristy - 2011-07-21 15:07

      Steen!!!!!! What an incensitive thing to say out here. Keep those unwanted statements to yourself!!!! What if it happened to your friend or family member??? You would want all the help there is, OR wouldnt you? So put the families feelings and Duncans Life 1st here and keep your radiculous comments to yourself.!

      Snoopy88 - 2011-07-21 15:08

      Steen my little brain surgeon, they are trying to help. The more people know about him the better the chance of finding him. And most people in the country sit on here all day instead of working...

      Lihle - 2011-07-21 15:17

      @Miya7: My friend I'm also "the Black man" like you. If I were you I'd kill myself twice. How d'you know the 8 people killed in Malawi received no prayers? no I've changed my mind, if i were you I'd kill myself four times more...just to make sure I'm really dead and I don't come back to talk cr**.....!

      Kristy - 2011-07-21 15:19

      @MIYA7 - Well, Well Well what magical talents do you have that you KNOW that ppl arent praying for all those malawians????! You need to HUSH and pray for Duncan and those that need prayers.

      Xinobia - 2011-07-21 15:30

      Steen you stupid TWIT!!!!!

      Anchorman - 2011-07-21 15:51

      I have never seen so many dislikes on News24 he deserve it lets just pray to all those that is missing

      Snoopy88 - 2011-07-21 15:56

      I have forwarded this to the Sowetan Live editor because a quick online search showed that it has only been picked up by the Beeld and a couple of other smaller organisations. Have asked that they forward it to their contacts at all the other papers in Joburg and Pretoria too... The more eyes and ears out there the better! News24 Get this picked up everywhere please!!

      DW - 2011-07-21 16:35

      miya, you are welcome to pray for the people in Malawi. Unfortunately they are already dead so your prayers for them wont help them. But Duncan might still be alive, so please allow those who want to pray for him the right to do so.

      DW - 2011-07-21 16:36

      Steen is a troll. Dont feed him

      Robman - 2011-07-21 16:43

      @Steen & Miya7, this is exactly why they post articles like this. There are actually people like you out there that just dont give a fu.. about anyone else.

      Bashful1 - 2011-07-21 18:53

      @Steen If one of your family members went missing would you not post an article on News24 in the hope that someone might know something about that family member? Glad I'm not related to you. You're a douche.

      Bek - 2011-07-21 23:55

      Steen I've never seen so many thumbs down. This must be a record.

      Anonymous - 2011-07-22 08:09

      he might be a troll, but you all know hes right. it is rather unfair to other missing people that just because friends/family of this guy keep spamming news channelsabout this, they get more coverage than all other missing people.

  • Candice - 2011-07-21 09:46

    This is just dreadful, my heart goes out to his family and friends. May God return him safely to you xoxo

      BokBru - 2011-07-21 09:56

      I cannot find any better way of saying it. You're in our prayers.

      NicJay - 2011-07-21 12:02

      Indeed, Candice. May god return him safely, once he's put the family through 72 hours (and counting) of absolute hell. Good old god.

      alicia - 2011-07-21 12:19

      I have just said a prayer for him, and his family. And he is now on a world wide prayer ring. May God keep him safe, warm and may he be returned to you completely unharmed. See him, alive and well and believe with all your heart. Talk to him as if he is next to you. Dear God, please bring this beautiful young man home same and sound. Amen.

      Tinkie - 2011-07-21 13:19

      My 13 year old son went 'missing' for a few hours a couple of weeks ago while I was at work (he wasn't where he was supposed to be and no one seemed to know where he was) and I was frantic with worry. Turned out he had gone to a neighbour instead and 'forgot' to let me know. I remember how I felt and that was only for a couple of hours. I don't even want to think of what this man's family is going through. It is any parent's worst nightmare. Our prayers are with his family and friends.

      K.W.F.L - 2011-07-21 13:21

      @NicJay If some thing has happened to him, like a hijacking then it is not GOD's fault it is then the devils doing..!!

  • Enigma - 2011-07-21 09:47

    To the family our prayers are with you. We hope you find him alive and unharmed.

  • NZdreamer - 2011-07-21 09:48

    I really hope this youngster is okay! With all the high jackings, muggings etc - this is a very daunting and disturbing thing to happen. I can not begin to imagine how the parents must be feeling, my son is 19 and should this happen, we as a family would be out of our minds with worry! Really, really hope and pray this turns out well - thoughts to the family!

  • sone - 2011-07-21 09:49

    this is terrible, shame i really hope they find him. even if someone hurt him and he is not alive then let his parent just know, it's better knowing the truth than to wonder for the rst of your life,

  • TBOOZE - 2011-07-21 09:49

    ja sad news , but in SA you can expect the worst

      LordVaider - 2011-07-21 10:24

      Really now? Is it only in SA where ppl go missing and dont return safely? Sometimes you should keep negative comments to yourself or simply go where bad things never happen.

      TBOOZE - 2011-07-21 10:38

      which country are you from LordVaider? because if you from SA you know how stories like these end, i truly feel sorry for the family and i know something like this might happen to me too one of these days but im just being realistic thats all

      TBOOZE - 2011-07-21 10:45

      Fantasy is what people want where as reality is what they need

      Paralegal - 2011-07-21 10:58

      @TBOOZE, I only have one thing to say: Madelaine McCann. To the family of this young man, you are in our prayers.

      Warren Pridgeon - 2011-07-21 11:07

      @TBOOZE Why don't you disappear... k thx baai

      Andrew - 2011-07-21 11:23

      Tbooze, this is not the time to debate , but to pray!!

  • Minx - 2011-07-21 09:50

    Such a heart breaks for his family and friends.I hope that he'll return home safely.

  • Philip Darne - 2011-07-21 09:50

    This drives me wild!!! Lord help us.

  • myancmyfutur - 2011-07-21 09:52

    I can't imagine what they are going through, I'll put them in my prayers

  • margaret - 2011-07-21 09:54

    How terribly, terribly sad. My thoughts and prayers with Duncan's parents. Sincerely hope Duncan will be found soon and that all will be well.

      Maria - 2011-07-29 13:09

      i agree with you....i am so sad. my thoughts and prayers are with the family, and hope he is well and safe.... hope he comes unharmed to his parents...... my heart is with you, keep strong ....PLease dear God bring Duncan back to his family and friends....

  • theratlady - 2011-07-21 09:57

    What a terrible thing to go through as a parent. may God protect and preserve this young mans life and may he find his way home alive and well.

  • Ties - 2011-07-21 09:59

    I don't understand..If the cctv doesn't show him driving off in his car, then how did the car get out from the garage?? Sad news.

      Blaq - 2011-07-21 10:02

      iesh , wish a safety return home

      elize.botha1 - 2011-07-21 10:16

      Exactly what I was wondering! There must be something going on at the garage. Why don't they investigate the scenery around the collection of the car at the garage? But then again - this is SA! Our Police force just do not have the skills and training like the Americans or British. There, this is a crime, not just a mystery.

      Totman - 2011-07-21 10:45

      Please elize just leave it at that. It is not a tv show and they only reported a missing person afterwards. Maybe the police done what they could. I agree that if they did not saw him drove away they must start at the garage and the people that is working there, but maybe it was done and I am sure the police are doing more missing investigations than the two of us. Rather wait for more info and keep your eyes peeled.

      bling bling - 2011-07-21 11:29

      @elize.botha1...I agree 100%.....never mind what anyone else says.....our police stuff up a lot of investigations.... I sure hope they find him....seriaaaaaaaas....

      NicJay - 2011-07-21 12:05

      It's hugely confusing, hey Ties? I think it means that while there was cctv in the garage showing him waiting for his car, there was no cctv on the forecourt which actually showed him driving away. We call it "English".

  • Bill - 2011-07-21 10:04

    Only a Wicked act could have befallen the poor guy!...sad!

      grant9 - 2011-07-21 10:49

      My thoughts exactly. It'd not as if he was some silly kid running away from home. All the same, I've said a prayer for Duncan and his family.

  • Captainmorgan - 2011-07-21 10:06

    Absolutely TRAGIC , I hope he is found unharmed!!

  • Joker15 - 2011-07-21 10:06

    If anyone has seen him or knows where he might be please contact his family, I am sure they are devastated... He is a fellow KES boy so please if you have any information that you think might help them to find him, please make yourself known. RED for life!!!

  • Nintendo - 2011-07-21 10:07

    hope they find him well my prayers are with the family, terrible thing!! hope he is well.hmmmmm cannot begin to imagine what they must be going through

  • Zizo Snr - 2011-07-21 10:10

    Very young intelligent man.... hope he comes home unharmed.

  • Hux - 2011-07-21 10:19

    What model jetta? Prayers for the family

      Nikki - 2011-07-21 10:29

      from the pic in the article it looks like the Jetta 3.

  • CopperWoody - 2011-07-21 10:22

    Looking at the daily headlines.... I fear the worst. Too Upsetting! I sincerely hope this turns out okay. best wishes to the Family.

      Christian de Ravin - 2011-08-02 14:45

      Yes, this news is only going to get a lot worse. Missing for 15 days? No cell phone? No money withdrawn from his account? I hate to say this, but Duncan cannot possibly still be alive, although I sincerely hope I am wrong.

  • LordVaider - 2011-07-21 10:23

    Hope he is well, if not he must be returned. Cant imagine what his mother must be going through not knowing what has happened. My father went missing for almost a month in 2000 and it definitely gutters a family to have one of its member gone without a trace. My thoughts and prayers go out to his family.

  • Sir-Vic - 2011-07-21 10:26

    I wish they find him safe and sound. His in my prayers.

  • Rene - 2011-07-21 10:29

    We tend to look..and not see..isnt it evident that the first place to investigate is the garage..the man never drove off??? and take it further from there!!?? To his parents...May God grant you the strength through this tough waiting period..Trust that he'll be brought home safely..You in my prayers...God bless!!

  • Renay - 2011-07-21 10:30

    I too have a 20 year old son, was also at KES. To Pam and Tim I am so sorry for this pain and suffering you have to endure, Allan is in our familie's prayers and on our minds daily. I pray that God will keep him safe and show him the way home. I truly cannot imagine what you are going through right now - no parent should have to experience this uncertainty. God Bless you and stay positive!

  • Illana - 2011-07-21 10:37

    We have a son whom has just had his ninteenth birthday this saturday, and our thoughts and prays are with you, may God and his angels protect him and grant Duncan the strength, courage and understanding to over come this. God return Duncan safely to his family.

  • BRAKKENJAN STORMER - 2011-07-21 10:39

    GOD will watch over him.We pray that he will be found unharmed.God bless.

  • Caroline - 2011-07-21 10:40

    Thoughts and prayers go out to the family at the awful time, i can only imagine your pain

  • shebear1 - 2011-07-21 10:44

    Dear God Please please keep this young man safe and unharmed and return him to his family, they need to see him and touch him, comfort them through this hard time, please help them through this torment, I have kids as well and I feel your pain as if he were my son, please trust in God to bring him home safe, my thoughts and prayers are with you, stay strong my best regards Shereen

  • Mark - 2011-07-21 10:49

    If everyone that reads this article say a prayer for his safety, I'm certain God will hear. There is power in prayer. Jesus is Lord of all

  • Petronell - 2011-07-21 10:49

    How can no one at the garage know what happened..? I have children - grownup children. I read this and my heart goes boom and I get filled with fear. Dear God please shed some light...please keep him safe...please be with his very worried and broken parents...please bless those looking for him..! Amen!

  • shirley.schoeman - 2011-07-21 10:52

    Does anyone have the link to the facebook page? its a really good way to spread the word and it could be very useful tool to find him.

      shirley.schoeman - 2011-07-21 10:57 found the group

  • Natasha - 2011-07-21 10:57

    This is so sad and I hope they find him soon or at least get a lead soon!!!

  • Charl Von Swanepoel - 2011-07-21 11:05

    He is one of the nicest guys I ever met at Res when I was in Olienhout =( we will find him!

  • Charl Von Swanepoel - 2011-07-21 11:06

    He is one of the nicest guys I ever met at Res when I was in Olienhout =( we will find him!

  • FRpower - 2011-07-21 11:06

    Nawe your comment was deleted,you fugging racist i hope you dissapear.

  • Straightdeal - 2011-07-21 11:09

    A different report has him driving the car at 07h30?

  • Andrew - 2011-07-21 11:22

    What a terrible thing to be going through...I pray for his immediate and safe return!!

  • Jason - 2011-07-21 11:29

    we need to pray for the finding

  • melisha.schultz - 2011-07-21 11:30

    I hope and pray you find him safe and sound

  • Sally-Ann - 2011-07-21 11:31

    Am praying for you and we are keeping the search alive on FB / BBM etc.... God Bless the Allan family during this scary time.

  • Ross - 2011-07-21 11:32

    Hope they find him safe and well he appears to be a very well balanced youngster with a bright future. Last week 23 year Marnus Briedenhann who also finished his degree was hijacked in Bloemfontein CBD. Fortunately he suvived a harrowing ordeal. We pray.

  • umlaut - 2011-07-21 11:39

    Closed-circuit television footage showed how Duncan waited for his car at the garage, but not how he drove off. Were there any other people around-was the garage open already? Did he speak with somebody there? Did he have cash on him to pay for the service? How was he dressed? Maybe more information may help. Maybe all the students must have a group search near where he was seen last--walking around with posters asking everybody if they have seen him?

  • goughdd - 2011-07-21 11:43

    Oh how awful. Pray you find him safe and sound.

  • Greg - 2011-07-21 11:45

    A plea has been made to eTV to air this on PrimeTime News @ 7 this evening. Please please mail them at, requesting that it happen. The more people who are aware, the better the chances are. Thanks

  • Cindy2810 - 2011-07-21 11:47

    read & weep! i pray that Duncan is found unharmed :(

  • Brillianto - 2011-07-21 11:51

    There is ccvtv camera in the garage, how come it didn't show when he drove off...We are missing something here. Lord pls keep him safe.

  • Godfrey - 2011-07-21 11:54

    Imagine what the family is going through may God keep him safe where ever he is!!

  • Terry - 2011-07-21 11:54

    Fellow South Africans, I happen to be Black and a victim of crime myself. Whilst all these messages of support are important to the family of the missing student, let us also propose how to deal with this. I know for a fact that VW cars have for the past years been targeted by criminals who apparently also sell the parts to the Microbus taxi drivers around Mamelodi and other townships in the west and north of Pretoria. Perhaps the police and the community should focus on the scrapyards and or spare shops, especially the less formal ones. This is where people's cars end up.Terry

      Snoopy88 - 2011-07-21 15:22

      thanks Terry, yay this is what I like to see! All of us working together.. I hope you all think twice before buying dodgy goods, parts and cars.. don't feed the monster! What was the real price for your cheap cell phone and car radio?

  • PIXIE - 2011-07-21 11:59


      Janine - 2011-07-21 12:09

      Keep your stupid comments to yourself - someone's son has gone missing - have a little compassion.

      Matt :-) - 2011-07-21 12:14

      @ Pixie - shut up!

      Brillianto - 2011-07-21 12:45

      @Miya it not a matter of being white or black...a child is missing black also but (akumnandi neze) it painful.

      Obama - 2011-07-21 12:47

      @Miya... I read the news from this site everyday, around 15 times daily in actual fact. I cant remember seeing a story about a missing black man or woman... and we do go missing as well hey. I do however see a lot negative stories about us. Anyway, I guess the media has the right to selectively report on whatever they see as news worthy.

      Brillianto - 2011-07-21 13:06

      @Obama New24 is a bit whitish...try and read echo, Isolezwe, Ilanga etc. You right we do get missing you just need a rite source to prove that.

      Petronell - 2011-07-21 13:37

      At whoever are referring to black people also going missing - I deal with it almost daily, at least weekly and can assure you that I post FAR MORE flyers for black people than whites. It really is not a racial issue. Perhaps the parents or someone sent the story to the newspapers - it sure as hell is NOT a sin to do have it published. I for sure know that I have read stories about black missing children too, in newspapers. Like the baby that was first missing and later found, hidden by the mother under pieces of board and stuff. Please consider the fact that someones child is missing in stead of wondering about figures between white or black. It is totally unnecessary in a time like this. It also takes the focus away from the actual missing person. Empathy does not call a color.

      Brillianto - 2011-07-21 14:34

      @Miya I rest my

      Obama - 2011-07-21 15:29

      I hear what u r saying Petronela, but this publication in particular never runs those stories about missing black kids. Thus I say a missing black kid is not news worthy enough for this publication. Cos u cant tell me none of the black parents have ever contacted News24 with their missing kids. And rest assured, the SAPS will pull all stops to ensure that they find this young man, merely because he is white. Statistically, crimes committed against white folks get more attention and resolve, than the ones against us black folks. So I'm convinced this one too will be solved, more so cos its now in the media and there's an "uproar" about it.

      Snoopy88 - 2011-07-21 15:29

      @ Obama and Miya - always seeing the world through race tinted glasses.. if your kid ever went missing I'd come help you look.. Luckily when I visit the Sowetan's site I am always pleased to see how many black south africans are compassionate towards others no matter what the colour of their skin happens to be. Pleased to know that the tunnel vision you two exhibit is not the norm, but then I never expected it to be.. Many of us are parents first and family is all that really matters in this world!

      Astaroth - 2011-07-21 15:40

      @miya7: for the second time. Fck off! D@@s

      Snoopy88 - 2011-07-21 16:02

      @Obama - those kids are reported often here on News24, especially in the WC. But they have better results with search parties because most witnesses in the communities don't access internet. I think often the problem is those in the know about these cases are not media savvy bout getting the missing person information out there to people. Its not fair to say that its just because they are black when no one is driving the issue. I for one always see who has been reported on missingchildrenSA.

      shiv - 2011-07-22 08:03

      I am so heartbroken about how every little story always come down to racial issues and discrimination. Duncan is missing and the last thing we should be worrying about is what sites posts certain stories. I am a South African living overseas and I miss and long for South Africa everyday...except today...some of these comments have really made me extremely disappointed and glad not to have to deal with this really stupid, stupid comments. I hope Duncan comes home soon, unharmed. I have been praying for him and his family and will continue to do so till he returns.

  • Janine - 2011-07-21 12:06

    This is awful - I hope that he is found safe and sound.

  • Michi2 - 2011-07-21 12:07

    As a mother, my heart goes out to his parents and family. I just hope and pray that he is found - alive and well! Prayers to all