Mom and daugh­ter, 6, van­ish without trace

Daily Dispatch - - News - BONGANI FUZILE

East­ern Cape po­lice are search­ing for Port El­iz­a­beth-based Shar­lene Cor­bett, 24, who went miss­ing early this year, along with her six-year-old daugh­ter.

They vis­ited Cor­bett’s fa­ther in Ko­mani in Novem­ber and spent a few months there be­fore they packed their bags and left.

They have not been seen since.

Po­lice spokesper­son Col Priscilla Naidu said a miss­ing per­son’s in­quiry has been opened.

Naidu said any case of a miss­ing per­son should be re­ported to the po­lice. “There is no wait­ing pe­riod to re­port a miss­ing per­son. An im­me­di­ate re­sponse can save a life.”

The dis­ap­pear­ance was re­ported to Port El­iz­a­beth po­lice in March.

Scores of peo­ple go miss­ing in SA ev­ery day. Adults and chil­dren are be­ing posted in Miss­ing Chil­dren SA and on the SA Po­lice Ser­vices web­site daily as they are be­ing re­ported by their rel­a­tives.

Some are found dead, oth­ers are never found for years. Be­tween Jan­uary 2000 and De­cem­ber 2015, ac­cord­ing to a re­port by Mar­cel van der Watt and Monique Emser, Still not Found, Miss­ing Chil­dren in SA, re­leased in 2019, about 16,000 chil­dren were re­ported miss­ing and 25% of these chil­dren have never been found.

This does not in­clude the num­ber of cases that are not re­ported to au­thor­i­ties. The main rea­sons for these dis­ap­pear­ances are crime, run­aways, kid­nap­ping, hu­man traf­fick­ing, men­tal dif­fi­cul­ties and be­ing lost.

Both the SAPS web­site and the Miss­ing Chil­dren Face­book page list thou­sands of miss­ing peo­ple with brief pro­files and pic­tures. Some of the re­ports are of in­fants who have been kid­napped.

Scores of peo­ple go miss­ing in SA ev­ery day. Adults and chil­dren are be­ing posted in Miss­ing Chil­dren SA and on the SAPS web­site daily as they are be­ing re­ported by their rel­a­tives

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