Gus Thompson, a 70-year-old man who went missing from his care home near Lake Michelle in Noordhoek last Thursday, was found deceased this morning. Gus, who suffered from Alzheimer’s, passed away near the picnic site on Chapman’s Peak, with a view of the Atlantic.
In a statement, the Thompson family said that he likely succumbed to hypothermia and died peacefully after falling asleep.
“Chapman’s Peak was Gus’s favourite place in the world, and he loved to explore the mountains before his health declined and prevented him from doing so. His wishes were to have his ashes scattered at this location and our family is extraordinarily grateful that he passed away peacefully, with no signs of any distress or injury, in his favourite place”.
The family added that they are truly thankful for the endless support they have received from the public – receiving support from not just friends, but countless kind strangers as well. A special note was made for the volunteers from Wilderness Search and Rescue Western Cape for searching for Gus for nine days, and giving the family closure.
Our sincerest condolences to the Thomson family and friends and loved ones of Gus.