Christ­mas mir­a­cle for city mother

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that I never stopped search­ing for you.”

Cys­ter urged other par­ents of miss­ing chil­dren not to give up hope. “Trust in God, keep your faith; you never know when you, too, will get that call.

“It’s been so long. I can’t wait to hold her in my arms again… tell her I missed her but I un­der­stand that she has a lot to work through. All my dreams have now come true.”

Du Plessis said it was not dif­fi­cult to track down John­nica, be­cause her mother al­ready had a last known Port Elizabeth ad­dress for the cou­ple who took her in 1993.

“Once I got the de­tails I found the case listed as a theft case on the sys­tem. I could not find the orig­i­nal case docket so I opened a new one.”

Du Plessis said he could not find John­nica’s case on the cir­cu­la­tion sys­tem at the miss­ing per­son’s bureau.

“They had no records of the case, but the mother had var­i­ous old news­pa­per clip­pings.”

He said he con­tacted his col­leagues in Port Elizabeth .

“It took about a week for the PE po­lice to take state­ments from the sis­ter of the man who took John­nica.”

This woman had found out who John­nica was when her brother and his wife be­came ill. “She never re­ported it and merely as­sumed ev­ery­thing was okay and that John­nica’s fam­ily was not search­ing for her.”

Du Plessis said the girl was still com­ing to terms with the news about her child­hood kid­nap­ping and needed time.

“She never knew that the peo­ple she called mom and dad were not her real par­ents.”

Du Plessis said blood sam­ples still needed to be sent for foren­sic test­ing.

“We are 99 per­cent sure but we need the DNA test­ing to seal the deal be­fore mother and daugh­ter can re­unite at last.”

Du Plessis has mean­while en­cour­aged Cys­ter to write a let­ter to her daugh­ter in the in­terim, which he plans to de­liver, to open the lines of com­mu­ni­ca­tion.

“I know that the mother des­per­ately wants to make con­tact with her daugh­ter, but un­less some­one pays pri­vately for the blood tests she might have to wait an­other few weeks be­fore she can fi­nally meet her child again,” said Du Plessis.

Western Cape po­lice com­mis­sioner, Arno Lamoer, com­mended Du Plessis for a ster­ling job.

“This po­lice­man, through his ac­tions, showed that af­ter more than 25 years of ser­vice he is still com­mit­ted to his job.”

Lamoer added that other po­lice­men should draw in­spi­ra­tion from Du Plessis’s ac­tions.

“It just took the ded­i­ca­tion of one po­lice­man to change the lives of an en­tire fam­ily. If more fol­low in his foot­steps many more cold cases could be solved.”

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