The National Sea Rescue Institute (NSRI) have recovered a body from the sea, and it is believed to be that of missing Heidi Scheepers (36).

The mom and her two children aged six and two have been missing since Tuesday when they went for a walk on the beach and failed to return home.

On Thursday, the two-year-old named Hugo was found near Voëlklip gorge. The search for the little girl Cozette continues.

According to Malcolm Poje from the SAPS, the body was handed over to forensic pathologists and taken to the state mortuary to determine identity and cause of death.  “Our members remain deployed in the area to see whether we can find the six-year-old girl,” he said.

Heidi and Ettienne Scheepers with their children.

On Friday, the VW Caravelle was pulled out of the waters near Voëlklip lookout point.

Initial fears that the family had been abducted were proven false when the remains of Scheepers car were found at the bottom of a cliff near what is known as a dangerous fishing and picnic spot called Voëlklip.

Her husband, 36-year-old Ettienne, had reportedly made his way to the beach with his family, but left because he had business to check on. The couple are the owners of the Herold’s Bay Café, and also run the Garden Route Property Management group.


Picture: SAPS

Article written by


We love this place! Cape Town Etc features news, reviews, entertainment and lifestyle in the Mother City.