The body of a two-year-old boy, believed to be the missing Hugo Scheepers, was found late in the sea on Thursday afternoon.
An extensive search was launched on Wednesday after Heidi Scheepers, 35, her daughter Cuzette, 6, and son Hugo, 2, were last seen alive in Herolds Bay at about 6pm on Tuesday. They drove past the family’s shop, the Herolds Bay Cafe.
A gray Volkswagen Caravelle, similar to the one in which Scheepers and her two children disappeared on Tuesday, was found on Thursday next to the rocks at Voëlklip near Herolds Bay. However, police could only later determine that it was the Scheepers’ car, as it was high tide and therefore difficult to get to the vehicle.
Capt. Police spokesman Malcolm Pojie confirmed late Thursday afternoon that they found the body of a two-year-old boy who was driving near the location of the car. The body was taken out of the water and taken to the morgue.
Pojie says police are working hard to locate the mother and daughter, who are still missing.
“We are watching the situation and will lift the vehicle out of the sea as soon as possible, so that we can get an indication of what happened,” he says.
A friend of Scheepers and her husband said Thursday morning she would not hurt a fly and would do everything for her children. She was described as a gentle person with a great love for her children. Her husband could not be reached for comment.