Call for video footage as search for missing man, 74, continues

The Strandfontein Community Police Forum (CPF) is asking residents to send to the police any CCTV footage they may have of a local senior citizen, who disappeared from his home, more than a week ago.

Neighbours have already submitted footage of Japhta Daniel Julius, 74, leaving his home on Sunday April 25 around 4pm.

Japhta Daniel Julius, 74, missing.

Strandfontein CPF chairwoman Sandy Schuter said the police are now looking for any footage, which shows him near his Tunny Crescent home.

In the past week SAPS, Strandfontein CPF, neighbourhood watch members, neighbours, family, friends and members of Rondevlei and Sector 5 neighbourhood watches formed part of a co-ordinated search for Mr Julius on Wednesday April 28.

They also had drone support and quad bikers to cover as much ground as possible.

Ms Schuter said she had been calling the hospitals to check whether Mr Julius had been admitted.

Veronica Julius, his ex-wife with whom he lived, said she left to drop their great-granddaughter at home, in Belgravia, when Mr Julius was having his afternoon sleep at about 3.15pm.

When she returned home at about 8pm he was gone.

She said according to footage, from a neighbour’s camera, he had left the house around 4pm.

“The footage shows him leaving the house. He went to shop around the corner and he never returned,” she said.

Ms Julius said they moved into their Tunny Crescent home 43 years ago.

“We are friendly, greet your neighbours kind of people,” she said.

They have a daughter, three grandchildren and a great-grandchild.

He officially stopped working last year, during the national Covid-19 pandemic, after having worked on and off for more than 10 years, after he retired at 60.

Western Cape police spokesman Captain Frederick van Wyk said Mr Julius was reported missing by family on Monday April 26.

At the time of his disappearance he was wearing a white peak cap, black jacket and blue jeans.

He said My Julius was bald, clean shaven and has a scar behind his right ear.

Anyone with any information of his whereabouts can call Strandfontein SAPS on 021 370 1500 or Crime Stop on 086 001 0111.