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Search for missing police Sgt Michael Van der Watt enters third day

MAY 3, 2017
Search for missing police Sgt Michael Van der Watt enters third day

The search for a missing Port Elizabeth continues for the third day on Wednesday with the police K9 and Mounted units brought in to help comb the vast area that police are looking in.

The mysterious disappearance of Sgt Michael Van der Watt (35), a policeman at the Motherwell Cluster Tactical Response Team and a cyclist, first came to light when his wife reported that she had not heard from husband since Sunday night.

"At this stage, information is unclear and all available information is currently been followed up. According to information on hand, Sgt der Watt was last seen by a colleague, who dropped him off at home on Sunday morning 30/04 after night shift," Port Elizabeth police said.

"[However] neighbours claim to have seen someone leaving the house on Monday morning in cycling attire and his bicycle is missing.

"His cell phone and other personal items were left at home."

The police K9 Unit and the Air Wing conducted searches along the cycling route of Draaifontein, Seaview, Schoonmakerskop and Greenbushes as well as around his home.

On Tuesday afternoon, the search area was expanded to the Van Stadens and Maitlands areas.

Members of the public have also volunteered to help in the search.

Day two of the search was called off on Tuesday evening due to bad light.

Anyone with any information about the whereabouts of Van der Watt or can assist in tracing him is asked to contact SAPS Kabega Park on 041 397 6801/02.