THE police are confident that there are certain people in Thornhill and Jeffreys Bay who know what happened to Claus Schroeder, the Jeffreys Bay businessman who mysteriously disappeared in August 2009 and was subsequently declared dead, believed to have been murdered.
They are once again appealing to those in the know to come forward and have promised a “substantial” reward for any information leading to the discovery of his remains.
According to the investigating officer, warrant officer Danie Siebert of the Falcons, finding his body will substantially strengthen the state’s case against his alleged killers, German couple Jens Leunberg and Krissi Adler. Although he was not prepared to specify an amount, Siebert indicated that the police will definitely pay a substantial amount for any new information.
“I am sure there are people in Thornhill and Jeffreys Bay who know what happened. We also know that everyone interviewed has not told the truth, and we are closing in on them for obstructing the ends of justice,” he added.
Adler, who is out on bail, has moved to Jeffreys Bay and is reported to be living in a backpacker hostel in town. When told about Adler now residing in Jeffreys Bay, Schroeder’s wife Tanja expressed her dismay.
“For what reason did she move to Jeffreys Bay?” she asks.
“My family has suffered so much these past two years. What if my children bump into her in town?”
Leunberg was arrested after a countrywide search last year when he went on the run before he was arrested. He has been refused bail because he is thought to be a flight risk and is still in custody in St Albans prison.
Adler has been referred to the Fort England Hospital for observation to be evaluated to determine whether she is mentally fit to stand trial.
According to State Advocate Marius Stander, Adler is out on bail and she is required to report to the police station daily.
Leunberg and Adler will again appear in court on Monday April 23.
Their two children, two boys aged 4 and 7, have been placed with family in Germany.
Schroeder disappeared after a visit to the farm the couple was renting from him. He was never seen again and did not meet Tanja in Port Elizabeth later that day as arranged.
According to Tanja, Leunberg and Adler wanted to buy the farm and were supposed to pay occupational rent until the property was transferred. However, the transfer never occurred. The couple stopped paying rent in May 2008. This and Leunberg’s other broken promises were alleged as the reason for Schroeder’s visit to the farm on the morning of his disappearance.
Meanwhile Tanja is still positive that the case will be wrapped: “I am confident the people responsible for Claus’s disappearance will be brought to book. I can only praise the work done by both Siebert and Stander who are working very hard to finalise the case.” Call Siebert on: 072-720-4563