Apies river victim still missing after two months

CPF and volunteers search for Madelein Murray. Photo: Corlia Kruger
CPF and volunteers search for Madelein Murray. Photo: Corlia Kruger

Flash floods in Pretoria the past weekend have brought back memories of a Moot woman who was washed away last year.

Wednesday will mark two months since Madelein Murray’s family last saw her.

Murray was in a car with her son on 11 November when she tried to cross the low-lying bridge over the Apies river in Flowers Street, Capital Park.

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They were swept away by floods.

Murray’s son, Henco (21) was found alive, one kilometre away from the bridge with the car another kilometre away.

The search for Murray was officially called off on 19 November.

A memorial service for Murray led by Pastor Bert Murray was held on 11 December.

Volunteers, police, the fire department, AfriForum and the CPF expanded their search as far as the Bon Accord dam in an attempt to find Murray.

Murray’s sister-in-law, Heila du Plessis told Rekord a while back: “We have searched the whole Apies river at least three times. We have searched from the bridge all the way to the Bon Accord dam. There is simply no trace of her.”

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Madeleine’s mother, Franci Venter said after her disappearance that she had more questions than answers about her daughter’s disappearance.

“I have no idea how my grandson came out of the car or how Madeleine had disappeared … I do not know why they were on that road in the first place.”

Venter said Madeleine and her son took her to friends the night before the accident.

“My friends said that they would take me home. They went home straight after, so I do not understand why they were on the bridge so early in the morning.”

Emergency services were called to the vicinity at 4:00 on the Friday morning of the accident.

Venter described her daughter as a loving woman.

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“She would do anything for the people around her…”

Murray’s family asked anyone with any information to call 083-324-9595 or 076-748-0112.

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