Police have said they are continuing with their search for missing Western Province Athletics Association (WPPA) financial board member Allen Barnes despite claims that he has been found.
Police could not confirm the report posted on Facebook by Edgemead Neighbourhood Watch that the missing Allen Barnes had been found unharmed.
Police spokesperson Andrè Traut said:
“The disappearance of Allen Barnes is still the subject of an investigation. It took investigators out of the Western Cape to probe the circumstances. You may expect a further communication from this office once we are in a position to release more information.”
The search for Barnes was expanded to Johannesburg last week after a source revealed that Barnes allegedly parked his car at a mall, and was driven by an e-hailing service to the airport were he allegedly boarded a flight.
WP Athletics president Jakes Jacobs said they would continue with their independent investigation as they had not received any formal communication from the police that Barnes had been found.
Last week WP Athletics said they had discovered “irregularities” since Barnes was reported missing, and were conducting a separate investigation from the police.
Barnes was reported missing on January 4 after leaving his Edgemead home to attend the Stragglers Beachcomber race at Strandfontein Pavilion, but did not arrive.
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