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Search for Sgt Michael Van der Watt: police find bicycle at Van Stadens

May 3, 2017
Search for Sgt Michael Van der Watt: police find bicycle at Van Stadens

As the search for missing Port Elizabeth police Sergeant, Michael van der Watt, police on Wednesday afternoon said that they had found a bicycle found in bushes in the gorge below the Van Stadens Bridge, on the N2 Highway, outside Port Elizabeth, but still need to verify if it belongs to the missing cop. 

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 being 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.