Heartbreaking end to search for missing elderly Kloof man

Heartbreaking end to search for missing elderly Kloof man

An elderly Kloof man who went missing this week has been found dead.

Francois missing

Eighty-five-year-old Francois Coertzen was last seen walking to a local shop on Wednesday.

His niece raised the alarm after returning home from work later that day and realising her uncle wasn't there.

Search parties gathered last night at the Memorial Park in Kloof as the search for 'Uncle Frans', as he was affectionately known, intensified.

Scores of locals turned up to help look for him. 

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Coertzen's neighbour, Jacqui Ellis says his body was found not far from his home by members of the Flying Squad.

"The Upper Highway community is so amazing that everybody arrived in the rain to help find one of our own. Thank you to everybody who came out. There were about 60 residents who came out and went through the streets and fields. 

"It was amazing. On the way back home, we got a call that Sergeant Swanepoel found him at about 9:30pm last night. Unfortunately, he was deceased but we are just happy to have closure now," said Ellis.

Ellis has sent special thanks to Sergeant André Swanepoel and his partner, Warrant Officer David Bramley, for their assistance.

KZN police say an inquest docket has been opened. 

A port-mortem will be conducted to determine the exact cause of death.

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