The body of 2 year old, believed to be the son of Heidi Scheepers has been found floating in a gorge in Voëlklip after the disappearance of a Herolds Bay mother and her two children.
Southern Cape police spokesperson Captain Malcolm Pojie confirmed a child’s body had been found and taken to the mortuary.
Pojie said efforts to find Heidi and her daughter continued.
The Scheepers family own the Herolds Bay Cafe and run the Garden Route Property Management group that manages several holiday homes in the area.
After Heidi and the children failed to return home, social media posts asking for help in finding them went viral.
Police, rescue workers and residents joined the search, covering a large area of the town and surrounding suburbs, all the way up to George.
A rescue helicopter was deployed on Wednesday and the National Sea Rescue Institute (NSRI) arrived to assist after someone spotted parts of what appear to be a VW Caravelle door — the same colour as the missing vehicle — at the bottom of a steep cliff.
The search shifted in the afternoon to the rocky cliff near a gravel road at the Voëlklip fishing and picnic spot — a remote stretch on the outskirts of the town.
Earlier on Thursday, a vehicle totally submerged in water, was spotted at low tide when a searcher noticed a tyre sticking out from the water.
By 11am on the same day, police revealed the rescue had turned into a recovery operation, but confirmed no bodies had been located at the time.
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