Nearly two months after a 16-year-old boy went missing from Crowborough, the mother is now receiving text messages demanding a ransom of R50 000 from the boy’s cellphone number, confirming the senders have his phone.
Nigel Kundishora was reported missing from December 1 around 4pm after being sent by his mother, Ms Doreen Kundishora, to buy cement at a shopping centre in Crowborough.
He never returned home, prompting the mother and other relatives to search for him. He was doing Form Three at Mufakose 3 High School. A missing person report was filed at Marimba Police Station under Report Received Book (RRB) 4602303/20.
A day after the boy’s picture was shown on television, an anonymous person contacted his mother giving a Warren Park address, but that appeared to be a case of mistaken identity.
Then recently, Nigel’s mother received a text message from someone demanding R50 000 in order to release the boy. The text message reads: “50 000 Rand to get Nigel, just 58 hours.”
The message was sent from Nigel’s mobile phone. But efforts to call the same number failed as it was unavailable.
National police spokesperson Assistant Commissioner Paul Nyathi said police investigations were underway.
“Yes, the police are searching for the missing boy. Several people are bringing information with some saying he is being seen and others alleging that they are aware of his whereabouts. So we are conducting investigations to obtain the truth.”
Ms Kundishora said after the putting a missing person report on television, she received a phone-call from an anonymous person who gave a Warren Park address and accurately described Nigel.