The body of a two-year-old boy that went missing along with his mother and sister in Herolds Bay on the Garden Route has just been found in Voëlklip gorge. Police continue to search for the remaining missing family members.
Heidi Scheepers (35) and her two children aged two and six were reported missing while on their way to Herolds Bay for a beachwalk on Tuesday, October 22 at 6pm.
Initial fears that the family had been abducted were proven most likely 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.
Police authorities began a search operation that turned into a recovery operation for the vehicle after the remains were discovered.
“Unfortunately we recovered the body of a two-year-old boy that was found floating in one of the gorges near the place where the vehicle was spotted,” says police spokesperson Malcolm Poje. “Subsequently, the body was recovered and moved and continuing efforts are being made to the other two missing people.”
“The body was recovered and removed by pathology services and taken to the mortuary.”