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Marcel spotted in Bloemfontein

A child expert has stressed just because a child may have had opportunity to escape does not mean they will. Fear and other unknown factors could prevent an escape attempt.

Despite a massive countrywide manhunt underway for Johan de Beer (involving police from Newcastle, Elandslaagte, Ladysmith, Harrismith, Bethlehem and Bloemfontein), so far there are far more questions surrounding the kidnapping than answers.

De Beer, who allegedly kidnapped a 12-year-old boy from Newcastle on Sunday afternoon, is on the run in a white single-cab Ford Ranger bakkie, registration NN 44495.
Witnesses have confirmed seeing Marcel in the vehicle and De Beer has claimed that “he is his son.”

Since the kidnapping of the boy, a confirmed sighting of De Beer was made in Elandslaagte, where he was begging for diesel from the garage opposite ‘The Cabins’. The owners refused to give him diesel. He was last seen by them on Monday, blowing the horn of his vehicle at The Cabins to try and bum diesel from them.

It is believed that De Beer made it to Ladysmith, and that he allegedly sold tools at a BP garage to raise diesel money.
A confirmed sighting of the bakkie, with De Beer with Marcel in it, was made last night in Bethlehem in the Free State and another sighting this morning in Bloemfontein at the Mimosa Mall.

In Bethlehem, De Beer gave a lift to a couple standing next to the road. Marcel was in the car.

Questions on why the child has made no attempt to escape have been raised. A child expert has stressed just because a child may have had opportunity to escape does not mean they will. Fear and other unknown factors could prevent an escape attempt.

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