Missing couple’s car sold in U’hage

Duncan Reyneke

THE mystery of a missing Uitenhage couple deepened yesterday when the vehicle they were last seen driving was turned in to police by a man in the town.

After reading yesterday about Garreth and Jo-Ann Muller’s disappearance on Good Friday, the man from Kamesh contacted Uitenhage police to report that they had sold the car – a charcoal grey VW CitiGolf Sonic 1.6 – to him on the day they went missing.

Police said the car had been loaned to the couple by Garreth’s uncle to use as a runabout. Police have now returned the car to him and he has declined to press charges.

Meanwhile, police and family members continued the search for the couple, both aged 22.

Garreth’s father, Marius, said family members were all on edge as they waited to hear what had happened to his son and his wife.

“The phone rings, and you immediately expect the worst,” Marius Muller said.

“It’s very tense here with all of us. I just hope he’s all right.

“We don’t know anything more than the police.

“We heard about the car but beyond that, nobody knows anything.”

He appealed to the couple to contact him urgently.

The young couple left Garreth’s sister’s house in the suburb of Strelitzia Park shortly after 6am on Friday. They had not taken a change of clothing, according to family members.

At about 7am, Garreth arrived at his father’s house, seemingly alone, and made himself bacon, eggs and coffee for breakfast.

Marius said Jo-Ann might have been waiting in the car for Garreth as she had often done in the past when his son had visited him.

When Garreth left his father’s house, also in Strelitzia Park, at about 9am, he told him there was a flat they wanted to look at to rent in the same suburb.

No one has heard from them since then.

Attempts to contact them on their cellphones have failed.

Police spokesman Warrant Officer Gerda Swart said the search for the couple would continue.

Marius Muller said: “What’s been great – the only good thing about any of this, really – has been the way the community has come together to support us.

“We get calls from everyone telling us they’ll pray for us.

“I know we moan a lot about the police, but they’ve also been great.”

ýAnyone with information about the couple should contact investigating officer Warrant Officer Wilfred Swartbooi on 083-533-3776.

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