Search for missing Malmesbury teacher called off

2015-04-23 11:27
Teacher Dean Dempsey (Netwerk24, Supplied)

Teacher Dean Dempsey (Netwerk24, Supplied)

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Cape Town - The search for missing teacher Dean Dempsey has been temporarily called off, Netwerk24 reported on Thursday.

The 24-year-old from Vereeniging went missing without a trace on April 10 from Malmesbury, where he teaches.

Dempsey’s father, Mike, said the area in which his son was last seen alive at the Storms River near the Bloukrans River Bridge in the Eastern Cape was too inhospitable to continue the search.

Speaking at the family home in Vereeniging, he also conceded that the family has accepted that their son probably committed suicide, having found notes in his car stating he would take his own life.

Dempsey said his son suffered from depression.

Police spokesperson Constable Henry du Rand, said the search was delayed for five days.

Du Rand said it was possible the body would have started to decompose enough for police dogs to now find it.

The principal of Swartland High School in Malmesbury said the 24-year-old had left on Friday, April 10, to join a friend in Bloubergstrand to braai. He was not seen again.

Dempsey was reported missing on the Monday and his car was found the next day in the parking lot of Tsitsikamma Khoisan Village.

Dempsey’s father said they had many unanswered questions, but thanked everyone involved in the search for their support.

- Health24: Depression

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