Missing man’s sister: ‘Whatever happened to him, was placed on his path’

2017-09-08 16:46
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There’s still no sign of the man who went missing about two months ago when he went for a walk “to clear his head” in the Bainskloof Pass outside Wellington.

Jayde Douman (32) from Wellington went for a walk in the pass on 22 July. He was alone after a friend had dropped him off there. Jayde, how has a son of 17 months old, had a waterproof sleeping bag, cutlery and food with him.

But he hurt his ankle while hiking and called his dad, James, to come and pick him up. He was going to walk down to the main road through the pass to meet his dad. But when James reached the agreed-upon pickup point, there was no sign of Jayde.

His sister Ashlene Ayford says the family is very worried about her brother.

“We have to go on with our lives, but we’re still searching for him. We don’t know what to do or think anymore,” she says.

She adds they have many questions: “Is he still alive? Does he perhaps have concussion and can’t remember anything? Does he know where he is?”

Ashlene says the family is struggling to come to terms with it. “But we have to carry on. We support each other as a family.

“He has a young son. That makes it even sadder.”

She says her son looks a lot like Jayde and ever time his baby boy sees him, he thinks it’s his dad. “Then he stares at him . . . It makes me terribly sad.

“But whatever’s happened to Jayde was placed on his path and we can’t do anything about it.”

The official search for Jayde was called off about two weeks after he was reported missing.


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