Body of miss­ing man, 32, found at Zoo Lake

The Star Early Edition - - NEWS - MODIEGI MASHAMAITE

A JOBURG man who went miss­ing three weeks ago has been found dead af­ter an ex­ten­sive search.

The body of Ed­ward Blon­ski was found at the Zoo Lake on Tues­day.

Rel­a­tives of the 32 year old con­firmed it was the body of Blon­ski who went miss­ing on the morn­ing of June 24 in Park­wood.

He was last seen jog­ging in Dorset Road in the sub­urb be­fore his dis­ap­pear­ance.

CCTV cam­era footage showed him wear­ing a blue T-shirt and white knee­length cargo shorts, with no shoes.

Posters and pic­tures of him were plas­tered around Joburg.

Blon­ski’s fam­ily posted his pic­ture on ev­ery so­cial me­dia out­let, as well as in­for­ma­tion on his dis­ap­pear­ance.

The Pink Ladies were part of the search as well as the Peo­ple Search and Res­cue Unit, which re­ported on Satur­day he was last seen on foot walk­ing in the area of Zoo Lake.

Parkview Po­lice Sta­tion said his body was found float­ing in the lake by mem­bers of the pub­lic.

The cause of death had not been con­firmed and po­lice were await­ing post-mortem re­sults.

“We can­not con­firm the cause of death be­cause an au­topsy is still to be done on the body,” po­lice said.

Blon­ski’s cousin Jacque­line Wi­jten­burg said the search had been re­lent­less.

”Al­though a sad con­clu­sion, his body has helped us find clo­sure. We have learnt of his tragic death and are heart­bro­ken.”

She thanked peo­ple who took their time to share his pic­ture on so­cial me­dia and spread the word about his dis­ap­pear­ance, as well as ev­ery­one who had sup­ported her fam­ily.

“Many peo­ple go miss­ing and never get found.”

Wi­jten­burg de­scribed her cousin as a deep thinker and a gen­tle soul.

“Ed­ward was a gen­tle, funny soul that was full of cre­ativ­ity. We will miss him,” she said.

Blon­ski, who was one of five sib­lings, was a can­di­date ar­chi­tec­tural tech­nol­o­gist.

An in­quest case was opened for in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

He was a gen­tle, funny soul, full of cre­ativ­ity

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