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Uitenhage police need help locating girl missing since 14 July

Jul 27, 2017
Uitenhage police need help locating girl missing since 14 July

Police in Kamesh, Uitenhage, on Wednesday appealed to members of the public to assist them with information that might help them in locating a teenage girl, who has been missing for more than 10 days now.

"Virgina Petrus, also known as 'Meisie', who is a 15-year-old female, was last seen in Emperor Street, Tiryville, Uitenhage, on Friday, 14 July 2017 at about 15:00,' described police spokesperson Captain Gerda Swart.

"At the time of her disappearance she was wearing grey tights, black and white tekkies with a ‘Barcelona’ soccer club tracksuit jacket. She is about 1.65m tall and slender."

She said that anyone with information about her whereabouts is requested to contact the investigating officer, Warrant Officer Freddie Effenaar on 074 461 1057 or SAPS Kamesh 041 988 8718/19 or SAPS Crime Stop 08600 10111.

Reporting of a Missing Person

Police also said that when a person goes missing, it is of the utmost importance for the SAPS to fulfil its mandate to serve and protect the citizens of South Africa. It is essential to take steps and start the investigation into a missing person’s case immediately. You can assist the SAPS when reporting a missing person by following these steps:

THERE IS NO WAITING PERIOD TO REPORT A MISSING PERSON!

  • Report a missing person at your nearest police station immediately.
  • Produce a recent photograph of the missing person, if possible.
  • Give a complete description of the missing person’s last whereabouts, clothes that they were wearing, as well as any information that can assist the investigating officer.
  • Complete and sign a SAPS 55(A) form. This form safeguards the SAPS from hoax reports and indemnifies the SAPS to distribute the photograph and information of the missing person.
  • Obtain the investigating officer’s contact details, and send any additional information that might become available.
  • If a missing person is found or returns voluntarily, inform the investigating officer immediately. A SAPS 92 form must be completed to inform the Bureau of Missing Persons that the missing person’s report can be removed from the circulation system.

Let us be vigilant and work collectively to keep families together and safe.