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Kidnappers demand 5 Bitcoin(nearly R280 000) ransom for missing Delft girl

An anti-crime website and Facebook group has received an anonymous message demanding a ransom of 5 Bitcoin (nearly R280 000) for the return of a missing nine-year-old girl.

Linathi Titshala from Thubelitsha,Delft was at her grandmother’s home on 15 December were she had a party for the little girl and the child slept over.

She was sent to her home, two doors away, on December 16 to have a bath and has not been seen by her family since.

On Thursday, admin for the well-known group, Western Cape Gangwatch, was stunned when it received an email which read: “Do you want to find Linathi Titshala. If you want her safe return you are to pay 5 Bitcoin to the following Bitcoin address. 1Bk4TQzDXhxGgMwrXcaFhViSyoT9GLk2kN. You have 48 hours should you not transfer the bitcoin in 48 hours we will cease communication. This email is going to be deleted in 12 hours.”

Bitcoin is a virtual electronic currency that is difficult to track.

A spokesperson for the group said: “We are trying to track it via the Bitcoin code, but believe the email the person is using was probably created at an internet cafe, which automatically deletes it and there is no IP address available either.

“Hopefully they realise the family’s circumstances and realise they cannot keep the girl for a lengthy period,” the spokesperson said.

More: IOL

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