Free State police in search of Odendaalsrus family

Published by Andile Sicetsha

The Family and Child Services Unit in Odendaalsrus, Free State, has cast its net wide, in search of a family that’s been missing since Friday 22 January 2021.

Free State police in search of missing Odendaalsrus family

Victor Bosman (55), Charlene Lombard (27) and her son Jay Lombard (5) have fallen off the face of the earth, it seems. According to police spokesperson Brigadier Motantsi Makhele, the last time anyone heard from the couple was five days ago.

Following their trail, it was discovered that on Monday 18 January 2021, Bosman, Lombard and their son hitchhiked from Odendaalsrus, the oldest gold mining town in the goldfields of the Free State, to Secunda, Mpumalanga.

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It remains unclear what had brought the family out there but based on evidence collected thus far, it could be that the couple made the 339km journey “for a possible job opportunity for Bosman.”

The trip to Mpumalanga took the couple three days since records show that they arrived in Secunda on Thursday 21 January 2021.

Are there any signs of foul play?

Here’s where things get weird. Bosman, Lombard and their son spent that Thursday night at a friend’s place. The friend, who police have not named, claims that he escorted the family to a taxi rank “so that they can catch a taxi back to Odendaalsus.”

This contradicts claims that Bosman and his family had left the Free State town in search of a job opportunity. Alas, later that day, the friend claimed he “received a phone call from Bosman requesting money for food.”

What’s strange about this is the fact that Bosman had allegedly contacted the friend from Alberton, approximately 133km west from Secunda and a long way off track from their supposed trip back home.

The friend, it’s believed, deposited the money Bosman allegedly requested, hours later and since then nobody has heard from the couple.

“The family has never been heard from nor seen from that day and they cannot be reached on their cellphones. Concerned family members opened a missing person’s file at Odendaalsrus SAPS for further investigation,” Makhele added.

Authorities would not be roped into making comments on signs of foul play in the family’s disappearance. Anyone with information on the family’s whereabouts is encouraged to contact police.