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Missing man believed found

Somerset West police have opened an inquest docket after the body of a man was found next to the river near Victoria Street.

According to police spokesperson Sergeant Suzan Jantjies the discovery was made by a member of the public after 20:00 last Wednesday 21 November.

Jantjies said the identity of the body is still unknown and they are awaiting the results of DNA tests.

Although the man’s identity cannot be confirmed by police, it is believed that the body is that of Christiaan Miller who was reported missing in Strand, apparently based on a visible surgery scar following a heart operation.

According to a missing adult alert circulated by the missing children’s organisation Pink Ladies, the 31-year-old was last seen when he was dropped off near the Lourens River in Algoa Street, Strand, on Wednesday 14 November.

It further stated that Miller normally crosses the river to visit a friend residing in Victoria Park.

Miller, who is tall and slender with short brown hair and blue eyes, was last seen wearing a grey T-shirt, blue and white shorts, purple hoodie and blue Nike-takkies.

In a telephonic interview on Monday, Miller’s mother, Annamie, described the news following her son’s disappearance as “upsetting”. She described Miller as a gentle spirit who had a heart of gold.

“He was highly intelligent and will be missed for his big smile and sense of humour,” she added.

Messages of condolences and memories that have been shared are testimony to his good nature.

A memorial service for Miller will take place at the Dutch Reformed church Strand-North today (Thursday) at 15:00.

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