Search for missing Joslin scaled down

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The Western Cape police have scaled back their search for the missing Joslin Smith (6).

The little girl disappeared from her home in the Middelpos informal settlement in Saldanha Bay more than a week ago. The police have not yet arrested anyone in connection with her disappearance or identified as an official suspect.

Lt. Col. Malcolm Pojie, police spokesman, says the large-scale search for Joslin has not yet yielded any sign of the child, despite numerous resources being deployed to find her and the decision to scale it down stems from this.

“The investigative team is still working tirelessly to follow up on all information received from various sources,” Pojie said when asked.

However, he requested that people not spread misleading information about the search. This follows after fake news and unfounded speculation had the community on edge for the past week. False information obviously also hinders the police’s investigation, according to Pojie.

“We would like to encourage the public to refrain from spreading unfounded and unverified rumors about the search, the possible location of Joslin and those allegedly involved in her disappearance.

‚ÄúThese rumors and allegations have a detrimental and damaging effect on the investigation and resources being deployed. It puts the investigation on the wrong track and exhausts valuable resources,” he said.

Pojie further requests that residents of surrounding towns and communities will not flock to Saldanha Bay to offer “help” in the search.

“Door-to-door searches were completed on Saturday and the investigation team will respond to material and constructive information. The investigation continues.”