'We just need to know what happened that day' - Mitchells Plain family still heartbroken over daughter’s disappearance

2018-03-05 15:14
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A Mitchells Plain family haven’t given up on finding their beloved daughter who went missing two years ago.

Every year on her birthday they host a dinner in her honour, while the local community has an open-air celebration.

Raymonde Boltman, who was 23 when she disappeared, was last seen at the bus stop on her way to work around 5 am on April 20‚ 2016.

Her mother, Lillian Boltman, walked her to the bus stop where she was going to take a bus to the factory where she worked.

But she never arrived at work.

“We don’t know what happened to her,” Raymonde’s sister, Genevieve Boltman (28), tells YOU.

Not knowing what happened that day is haunting the family but they haven’t given up on finding her sister, Genevieve says.

“We do have hope of her coming back even though she may no longer be alive.”

Genevieve says her sister, who turned 26 on Wednesday, was bubbly and outspoken.

She’s left behind a five-month-old baby daughter, who’s now two years old. 

“Everybody knew who Raymonde was and where she lived. There’s no one who didn’t know her or talk to her. That’s why we were shocked that no one saw her?”

On Raymonde’s birthday the family usually join around the table to share a meal, pray for the young woman and talk about her. 

And every year the community hosts In Memory of Raymonde Day, with displays of pictures of her as a child playing and speeches from people who knew her.

Genevieve says they’ve told Raymonde’s daughter about her mom.

 “We do keep her memory alive by showing her pictures of her mom,” she explains. 

The family is still battling with her sister’s disappearance, especially her mom who was the last person to see her alive.

“But we’ve found a way to deal with it,” Genevieve says.

“We talk about it a lot, even at family gatherings. But there’s not a lot we can talk about because we don’t know what happened.” 

Family members also try to think about the good times they shared.

“I think the thought that she might never come back has crossed the minds of the entire family, even mine.

“But closure would mean her coming home or, God forbid, finding her body. We just need to know what happened that day.”

The police are offering a R50 000 reward for anyone with information about Raymonde’s whereabouts. 

If you have any information please contact Philippi SAPS on 021-377-5042 or Crime Stop on 08600 10111.

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