The search for missing Gqeberha woman, Sylvia Wittal (45) is still ongoing and police are once again appealing to the community to assist them with their investigation.
It is alleged that the last contact with Wittal was on December 30, 2021 when her ex-boyfriend, Kevin Crouse, had a telephonic conversation with her. A missing person’s report was opened with the police on January 2, 2022 after her vehicle, a silver KIA Picanto, was found abandoned at Sacramento in Schoenmakerskop. It is suspected that the vehicle was parked there for about two days.
Police spokesperson, Col. Priscilla Naidu, said that the K9 Search and Rescue as well as community volunteer groups had conducted several searches in and around the area with no positive results.
"Extensive interviews with most of her acquaintances were also done and still there is no trace of Wittal. Although a missing person’s report is currently being investigated, police have not ruled out suicide or foul play. It is also alleged that she left home with a blue backpack with the words ‘Iron Kids’ written on it. It was also established that she may have taken her late grandmother’s ashes with her. The ashes were in a very small container with a floral picture on the lid," Naidu added.
Anyone who could assist with any information no matter how irrelevant one may think it is or may recognise the mentioned item, is asked to contact D/Const. Baatjies on 073 130 3018 or Crime Stop on 08600 10111. They can also visit their nearest police station. All information is confidential and callers may remain anonymous.