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In a distressing development, authorities in the Western Cape have reported that the investigation into the disappearance of six-year-old Joshlin Smith has reached a standstill. Joshlin has been missing for nearly three months.

She vanished from her residence in Saldanha Bay, leading to the arrest and charges against her mother and four others for kidnapping and human trafficking.

Investigation Stalls Despite Extensive Efforts

Provincial Police Commissioner Thembisile Patekile expressed his frustration with the lack of progress, noting that every possible lead has been explored. Despite expanding the search on a global scale, there have been no breakthroughs.

“We followed every lead – but we have come to a dead end. Every lead that has been given to us, we extended our net countrywide, worldwide, not even countrywide, worldwide,” Commissioner Patekile stated.

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Accused Remain in Custody as Case Proceeds

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The case against Kelly Smith, Joshlin’s mother, her boyfriend Jacquen ‘Boeta’ Appolis, and two other suspects has been postponed until July 15th to allow for further investigation by the state. All four remain in custody.

The National Prosecuting Authority revealed that one of the co-accused, Lourentia Lombaard, has confessed to a crime related to Joshlin’s disappearance. Specifics of the confession have not been disclosed by the authorities.

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International Efforts and Tip-Offs

Joshlin was last seen on February 19th at her home in Diazville’s Middelpos informal settlement. Her mother reported her missing after returning home and finding her daughter gone, with her boyfriend unable to explain her disappearance.

In April, Interpol received information suggesting Joshlin might have been seen on the Panamanian vessel Frontier Asuka. However, a thorough search of the ship while docked in Wales turned up no evidence of the missing child.

 

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