Investigators have now confirmed the autopsy results for both Hugo and Heidi Scheepers. The two year old and his mother were both found dead last week, after their vehicle mysteriously fell from a cliff on Herold’s Bay.
The postmortem official came to a conclusion this week but loose ends still remain.
The autopsy report results confirm that both Heidi Scheepers and two-year-old Hugo died from drowning.
Speculation has been rife over what lead to these tragic deaths. The daughter Cozette has not been found 8 days after the incident was reported. The pressure has taken an immeasurable toll on Ettienne Scheepers the father and husband who lost his family so swiftly.
Ettienne Scheepers has had to fight to deny claims that financial strife or abusive behaviour influenced his wife to drive her vehicle off of the cliff with the children still inside. He explained that there was no erratic behaviour on the day of the incident, and Ettienne was adamant that she would return home after he left to take a business call.
The car was recovered from the ocean completely battered and wrecked. But the initial fall was not the cause of death. They passed away after being swept out to sea. However the question still remains as to how the VW Caravelle got down there in the first place.
#MissingMom Harrowing pictures of the vehicle belonging to Heidi Scheepers as it is being pulled out of the ocean from the bottom of a cliff in Voëlklip. Her 6-year-old daughter is still missing. Pictures courtesy @VWSFire pic.twitter.com/JDtmbow296
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There are no signs of any deliberate or accidental actions that could have resulted in this tragic conclusion. The autopsy results also fail to explain Cozette’s possible location. Search and rescue teams are into their eighth day of searching for the young girl.
Authorities are fearing the worst for Cozette. The bodies of Hugo and Heidi Scheepers were discovered over the weekend and a memorial is being planned for the family members on Saturday 9 November.
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