Sun. Apr 21st, 2024

The search for six-year-old Joshlin Smith, missing for five weeks now, remains ongoing, according to Western Cape police.

Provincial police spokesperson Lieutenant Colonel Malcolm Pojie confirmed that the investigation into Smith’s disappearance is still active alongside efforts to locate her.

“We appeal to community members and ‘influencers’ to refrain from posting unfounded and malicious intended messages with regards to the investigation on social media platforms,” Pojie urged.

While the search continues, Pojie noted a decline in the number of individuals actively participating in the operation. He reiterated that the search efforts are coordinated by the investigating team, leveraging gathered information and pursued leads.

Joshlin Smith, a grade 1 pupil from Saldanha Bay, was last seen on February 19. Her mother, Racquel “Kelly” Smith, currently under arrest in connection with the case, claimed to have left her daughter in the care of her boyfriend, Jacquen Appollis, another co-accused.

Since the disappearance, four individuals, including Smith’s mother and boyfriend, have been arrested. The most recent arrest is Lorentia Lombaard.

Police Minister Bheki Cele visited the area earlier this month to assure residents of the ongoing efforts to find the missing girl.

Anyone with information about Joshlin’s whereabouts is urged to contact the nearest police station or Crime Stop at 08600 10111.

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