Rescuer tells woman abducted as child how she was found

ORDEAL RECALLED: Rescuer Desmond White with the magazine in which he read the article about the sale of a baby girl 21 years ago. Picture: IVOR MARKMAN
ORDEAL RECALLED: Rescuer Desmond White with the magazine in which he read the article about the sale of a baby girl 21 years ago. Picture: IVOR MARKMAN

MORE than 21 years after investigating an abduction case and ultimately finding the then two-month-old baby girl who was snatched and sold for R150, a Nelson Mandela Bay man wants to arrange a reunion and give her some much-needed closure.

After seeing an article on the now-21-year-old Devorine von Eck and her need for closure after her two-month ordeal in 1993, former Uitenhage policeman Desmond White has traced the young woman.

Von Eck, who now works as a receptionist at an estate agency in Pretoria, was stolen by her parents’ domestic worker and sold to a childless woman in Makapanstad, in the then-Bophuthatswana region, for R150.

White, who took on the case and got emotionally involved as he also had a baby girl, said it had always been his wish to meet the grown-up Von Eck.

“I just want to meet her and set the record straight because when I read her article in Kuier magazine [in May], I noticed there was some degree of misinformation.”

He said the Von Eck investigation was never just another case to him. “I have always wanted to tell her what it took to find her … so that she can be at peace with the incident and fill in whatever gaps there may be in her mind.” – Zandile Mbabela

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