On the 13 July 2020, at 19:45 Mr S Niewoudt of number 4 End Street, Harrismith reported his son Stefan (19) missing. It is alleged that Stefan left home on the 12 July 2020, at about 16:00 driving a White Polo with registration FBP 977 FS to visit his friend Carlos Da Silva at a farm near Verkykerskop.
Mr Niewoudt met Carlos’ mother in town on 13 July 2020, and when asked about the whereabouts of Stefan she indicated that Stefan never arrived at the farm.
A search was conducted with the assistance of the community and on the 14 July 2020, the vehicle that Stefan was driving was found abandoned at the Platberg Mountain in Harrismith but Stefan was nowhere to be found.
On 14 July 2020 the search was again conducted by Bethlehem K9, Harrismith police and the community.
The body was discovered at the foothills of Plattenberg at Botanical Gardens outside Harrismith. He was found with a gun wound to the head, a .270 rifle was found next to his body.
No foul play is suspected at this stage and an Inquest case will be registered for further investigation.
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