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Police are requesting the community’s assistance to find a missing five-year-old. Photo: SAPS, Getty Images

Police continue search for boy, 5, missing since 31 May in Upington

Police are searching for a five-year-old boy who went missing while playing with his friends at a Upington informal settlement on 31 May.

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Police are requesting the community’s assistance to find a missing five-year-old. Photo: SAPS, Getty Images

Northern Cape police need assistance to find a five-year-old boy, Le-Virno Van Wyk, who went missing on Tuesday, 31 May.

Several community members reported seeing Le-Virno near a railway at the Skierlik informal settlement in Upington before he disappeared. According to the missing person report filed with the police afterwards, he had been playing with his friends.

Report missing persons to nearest police station

Police spokesperson sergeant Omphile Masegela said community members helped police search the area but could not locate the missing child. Masegela urged the community to report information that might help find the five-year-old in the meantime.

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“Police are investigating the disappearance and will treat information with strict confidence. Anyone with information must, please, call the family violence, child protection and sexual offences (FCS) unit. Alternatively, they can report tip-offs to Crime Stop on 086 001 011.”


You can assist the SAPS when reporting a person missing by following these steps:

  • Report a missing person at your nearest police station immediately;
  • Produce a recent photograph of the missing person, if possible;
  • Give a complete description of the missing person’s last whereabouts, clothes worn, and any information that can assist the investigating officer;
  • Complete and sign a SAPS 55(A) form. This form safeguards the SAPS from hoax reports and indemnifies the SAPS to distribute the photograph and information of the missing person;
  • Obtain the investigating officer’s contact details, and send any additional information that might become available;
  • If a missing person is found or returns voluntarily, immediately inform the investigating officer.

Missing six-year-old found dead in Jukskei River

Meanwhile, police are investigating the death of a missing six-year-old boy after finding him dead in the Jukskei River on 24 June last year.

Police spokesperson lieutenant-colonel Mavela Masondo said the young boy’s family had reported him missing two weeks earlier. Masondo confirmed that the body of Kwanda Dladla was found in the Jukskei River.

“The boy went missing on Wednesday, 9 June. At the time, his family reported him missing at the Alexandra police station [in Johannesburg].”

Police spokesperson lieutenant-colonel Mavela Masondo

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