Monday morning, the 2nd of September, Amy-Lee de Jager was taken by four men outside of her school but after a nationwide manhunt, she has been found safe and unharmed!
Johannesburg, South Africa – Six-year-old Amy-Lee de Jager was snatched outside her school by four men on the 2nd of September 2019. The story instantly went viral as the family and police were looking for any information relating to the case.
The kidnapper’s vehicle, a white Toyota Fortuner, was seen on video footage outside the school, Laerskool Kollegepark in Vanderbijlpark. With only that, they called on the public for any assistance in spotting the vehicle.
After the initial reports started appearing on Facebook, many claimed she had been found. This sadly wasn’t true as Police spokesperson Captain Kay Makhubele confirmed she was in fact, still missing.
Many of the facts shared via Facebook were incorrect, an image of a Toyota with a GP licence plate was shared but was not the vehicle in which Amy-Lee was taken. The kidnapper’s vehicle had no licence plate visible.
A few hours later, Warrant Officer Mills of the SAPS Crime Intelligence Unit asked the public to remain calm and prevent the spreading of false information. All emergency groups, SAPS, response, community organisations were activated after the news broke.
As of a few moments ago, Times Live reported the happy news that Amy-Lee has been returned to her family safe and unharmed.
“She has been found. The people dropped her off in the streets and a woman and her man heard her crying and rushed her to the police station,” her aunt, Louise Horn, told Times Live LIVE on Tuesday morning.
Horn said de Jager was found at around 2 am on Tuesday.
“Everything is okay, she wasn’t harmed. She also underwent tests at the hospital, so everything is okay.
“The family is still very heartbroken, but we are just thankful that she is alive.”
Police spokesperson Brig Vishnu Naidoo said: “Amy was found this morning and she is undergoing a medical examination at a local hospital. The investigation into her disappearance and sudden reappearance is still ongoing. It is our appeal that this investigation be allowed to take its course.”
This isn’t the first time we rejoiced at the work our SAPS do to save kidnapped children. We interviewed Baby Eden’s mom, Bronwyn Laird, last year after Eden was taken for 72-hours. You can listen to the full interview here.