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Update: Missing Gauteng couple found, turns out had been in an area with bad cell signal

Jan 8, 2018
Update: Missing Gauteng couple found, turns out had been in an area with bad cell signal

The search for a couple from the Gauteng that went missing during a visit to the Eastern Cape last week ended in joy after they were found on the Wild Coast.

"The couple are well and were in an area that had poor reception on the Wild Coast," explained police spokesperson, Captain Mali Govender.

She said that on Monday morning, "after going through the 'seeker' page on Facebook, a young girl informed her father, who is the manager of a lodge, that the persons 'missing' were in fact their guests at the lodge.

"The couple were in a poor cellphone area. The manager immediately contacted the investigating officer and alerted him that the couple are safe and well. They had just checked out of the lodge half an hour prior."

She thanked all who have assisted in the search.

On Monday morning, police had expanded the search for the couple to neighbouring KwaZulu Natal and brought in sophisticated tracking technology after failing to locate the couple.

"Our search for the missing couple has intensified and extended to our neighbouring province. All Stations in the Eastern Cape as well as Kwa Zulu Natal have been alerted," described Captain Govender.

"The circulation has also been extended to emergency services.

"Sophisticated technology is being utilised to trace and track the couple through their hand held devices."

She, however, said that both their phones were off.

40-year-old Guy Mclaughlin and and 33-year-old Lindsay Lamb were on holiday in the Eastern Cape.

"They were going to travel up to Hogsback and then proceed up the Wild Coast before leaving the province back to Gauteng," said Captain Govender then.

She said that information from relatives initially suggested that they left Grahamstown for Hogsback on Friday.

"A vehicle matching the description was seen on the N2 on Friday travelling towards Butterworth by traffic officers conducting speed traps. There is a possibility that the couple may be along the Transkei coast."

She was right.