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Port Elizabeth police appeal for help in locating teenager

May 25, 2018
Port Elizabeth police appeal for help in locating teenager

The Port Elizabeth Family Violence Child Protection and Sexual Offences Unit is urgently seeking the community’s assistance in tracing a teenager, who went missing in April 2018.

"Rosche Wesso aged 14, was last seen in the afternoon  on 17 April 2018,  after leaving a relative’s  home in Windvogel," said police spokesperson, Colonel Priscilla Naidu.

"She was alone and didn’t indicate where she was going.

"At the time, she was wearing her pyjamas."

According to her mother, she has left home previously, but this is the longest that she has gone without contacting anybody.

"She was seen several times in the Kuyga area as recent as Sunday, 20/05 and appears to be evading police."

Col Naidu said that it is believed that she may be living with friends in Jacksonville.

"Anyone who may know of her whereabouts is asked to contact D/W/O Brett Andrews at PE FCS unit on 0714751712 or Mrs Roshiane Ackerman (mother) on 0642604709 or the nearest police station."

Col Naidu said that police is concerned over the number of cases reported where teenagers are walking out of their homes.

"We are appealing to the community not to use their homes as a haven or hideout for these children. As responsible adults, the owner of such residence, should contact the child’s parents alternatively the police or a social worker," she added.

"Keeping these children out of school promotes an unhealthy and unstable environment for such young children.

"Police is also appealing to the community to report any suspicious or strange  activity in their  neighbourhoods. By not turning a blind eye or not looking the other way, you may be saving a life. The information may either be voluntary or anonymous."