Search for missing Herolds Bay girl called off, but periodic patrols to continue

2019-11-11 21:12
Ettienne and Heidi Scheepers with Cozette and Hugo, when he was a baby.  (Facebook, Ettienne Scheepers)

Ettienne and Heidi Scheepers with Cozette and Hugo, when he was a baby. (Facebook, Ettienne Scheepers)

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The search for the Herolds Bay girl whose mother and brother died when their car went over a cliff has been called off, with the police scaling back to periodic patrols. 

"She is still missing," said Captain Malcom Pojie of six-year-old Cozette Scheepers. 

The alarm was raised when Heidi, Cozette and two-year-old Hugo went missing on October 22.

On October 24, their vehicle, a VW Caravelle, was found at the bottom of a cliff when a search party noticed tyre tracks near a ledge in nearby Voelklip. 

READ MORE: Body believed to be of missing George mother recovered, search continues for young daughter

The tracks were found on top of the more than 100m drop, and a search and rescue team, as well as a rescue craft and helicopter were activated to scour the area. 

Little Hugo's body was found in a gorge, and then on the Saturday Heidi's body was found, also in the sea.  

Pojie said the police opened an inquest after concluding that they had drowned. 

They still do not know why the vehicle went over the cliff.

In the meantime, Heidi's widower, Ettienne, put paid to rumours which included that they were in financial difficulty or had marital troubles in a report in the George Herald.

He said she had been through a bout of depression last year but had been treated.

Cozette had attended a school for children with special needs. 

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