Beacon Valley girl still missing

Mary-Ann Fortuin, 15, from Beacon Valley was last seen on Saturday October 9.

Mary-Ann Fortuin, the 15-year-old girl from Beacon Valley who went missing earlier this month, has still not been found.

The Woodville Primary School pupil left her home at about 7pm on Saturday October 9, and two neighbours noticed her jogging on AZ Berman Drive and the R300 close to Watergate Mall the following day, but that was the last time anyone saw her

Woodville Primary School principal William Page said “We are at our wits’ end with possibilities. We always say, the children are our children. It’s tough to deal with this. We talk about her often and keep each other informed on any news. Sadly since the news broke, there has been no good news.”

Mary-Ann’s guardian, Martha Rezant, said: “I got sick worrying about her. I loved caring for Mary-Ann. She did not have an easy life, but we love her regardless of it. She was a pleasure to have. We just want Mary-Ann to come home and be found. Dealing with this is not easy,”

Mary-Ann is described as having gold, brown hair and brown eyes. She is 1.4m tall and weighs 40 to 50kg. She has burn scars on her left hand and right side of her face. She was last seen wearing a pink top, blue track pants and Kappa slippers.

Candice Van Der Rheede, founder and CEO of the Western Cape Missing Persons Unit (WCMPU), a non-profit organisation, said they had been following all leads but so far without success.

“We covered all of Mitchell’s Plain as all our members in the various areas in the community are still looking for her,” she said.

Mitchell’s Plain spokesman Captain Ian Williams said anyone with information on Mary Ann’s whereabouts could Lungisa Tyenbile, from the Family, Violence, Child Protection and Sexual Offences Unit a 082 559 4631.

The WCMPU can be contacted at 071 639 8344, 072 070 8681, 074 528 5396 or email wcmpu@yahoo.com