Henry fam­ily break their si­lence

Weekend Witness - - News - KYLE VENKTESS

THE fam­ily of Ian Henry, the man who went miss­ing for two days un­der mys­te­ri­ous cir­cum­stances, have bro­ken their si­lence to lash out at al­le­ga­tions sur­round­ing his dis­ap­pear­ance.

Henry, man­ager of Bluff Meats Sup­ply in Hill­crest, went miss­ing on Mon­day af­ter leav­ing the shop to at­tend a monthly meet­ing in Spring­field Park, Dur­ban.

Po­lice, lo­cal com­mu­nity polic­ing struc­tures and pri­vate in­ves­ti­ga­tor Brad Nathanson sub­se­quently launched a search for him.

A search on Henry’s com­puter in­di­cated that the last thing he did was google a bed and break­fast in Kloof.

Nathanson was able to tri­an­gu­late Henry’s cell­phone on Tues­day morn­ing to “some­where in the vicin­ity of the Sun­coast Casino”.

Up­dates on Henry’s dis­ap­pear­ance were posted on the Brad Nathanson In­ves­ti­ga­tions Face­book page, which drew a huge re­sponse.

Yes­ter­day, fam­ily friend Cal­ven Robin­son is­sued a state­ment on be­half of the fam­ily, si­lenc­ing the ru­mours about Henry’s miss­ing days.

“To the dis­ap­point­ment of some very strange peo­ple out there, there is no story,” the state­ment read.

Robin­son said Henry had a very stress­ful Christ­mas sea­son and had suf­fered a break­down as a re­sult.

“How­ever, we find the ru­mours and com­ments that are be­ing made through so­cial me­dia to be dis­taste­ful and cruel. Ian was found alone and very ill. He is a brain can­cer sur­vivor and fought a long tir­ing bat­tle against this disease,” Robin­son said.

He attacked com­ments on so­cial net­works that ac­cused Henry of be­ing an al­co­holic, say­ing he had “not touched a drop of al­co­hol for many years and does not gam­ble”.

“There is no sen­sa­tional story — just a man who has been through a stress­ful time and who broke down.”

Henry was found in his car in the park­ing area of Sun­coast Casino at 2 am on Wed­nes­day morn­ing.

He has since been hos­pi­talised un­til doc­tors feel he is phys­i­cally and men­tally strong enough to be sent home. RA­DIO DJ Gareth Cliff has or­gan­ised a star­stud­ded trib­ute to Nel­son Man­dela in New York.

He said on his Face­book page it would be an hon­our to be in­volved, along with Mor­gan Free­man, who played Man­dela in the film In­vic­tus.

It will be held at the St Paul the Apos­tle church on Fe­bru­ary 13.

The evening will fea­ture an ad­dress by for­mer U.S. pres­i­dent Bill Clin­ton. — Me­dia24.

PHOTO: FACE­BOOK

Ian Henry.

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