Police revived their search for Michael Latsky from October 9 to October 11. Latsky mysteriously disappeared from Somerset West more than five months ago, in May 2020.
The 43-year-old left his home in Somerset West to go for a bicycle ride at approximately 5pm on Thursday, May 14 and has not been seen or heard from since.
The spokesperson for Somerset West police, Sergeant Suzan Jantjies, told the District Mail that the most recent search came about after the investigating officer received an anonymous tip off – via voice note – that offered information that could help the missing person’s case.
According to the District Mail, sources say the anonymous informant allegedly showed police where Latsky’s body could be found and this resulted in authorities digging up would-be graves in Gordon’s Bay and the surrounding areas.
According to reports Latsky was allegedly last seen at the Gordon’s Bay whale lookout point, in May.
In August, Maryke Van Rooy of the Gordon’s Bay Patrols told the District Mail that “Latsky’s helmet, keys and sunglasses were apparently found under a tree where he allegedly spent a night.” She also added that before his cellphone died it was pinged several times at a farm in the Parel Vallei area, Krystal Beach Hotel and Dirkie Uys Street.
“No arrests were made and no body found,” said Sergeant Jantjies. She said that members of the organised crime unit and a team of detectives participated in the search operation over the weekend, which was fruitless and unsuccessful.
“The police would like to appeal to the community to be more cautious about sending unverified information. These actions lead to wasteful expenditure,” she said.
Jantjies confirmed that the police investigation continues.
Anyone with information that could assist the investigation is encouraged to get in touch with the investigating officer Detective Sergeant Elaine Pillay at 021 850 1344.
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