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Motorbike for sale proves to be link to missing Durban man

Northdene resident Kenneth William Price,74, who was popular in the motorcycle world is missing. Four men have been arrested. Picture: Supplied

Northdene resident Kenneth William Price,74, who was popular in the motorcycle world is missing. Four men have been arrested. Picture: Supplied

Published May 16, 2022

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Durban - Four men will appear in the Pinetown Magistrate’s Court on Monday in connection with the mysterious disappearance of a Durban businessman five months ago.

Northdene resident Kenneth William Price, 74, who was popular in the motorcycle world, stopped communicating with his family abroad in November 2021.

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This raised eyebrows and the family contacted Private Investigator Brad Nathanson. Price, also known as Ken, lived a reclusive life. Nathanson visited his home but could not find Price. He cordoned off the entrance to the house and called for the SAPS and a cadaver dog but could not find traces of mortality.

Nathanson said three of Price’s showroom-condition motorcycles and other items from the house had been stolen. A case of a missing person was opened at Malvern SAPS.

“Between November 2021 and May 10 this year my attention was brought to 10 bikes by readers of my investigations page. Each one was up for sale on one or another social platform. We examined and considered each bike but none were Ken’s.”

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On May 10 Nathanson was informed that there was a bike, candy apple red in colour and up for sale in Durban North. Nathanson said Price’s bike was bubblegum blue.

Northdene resident Kenneth William Price,74, who was popular in the motorcycle world is missing. Four men have been arrested. Picture: Supplied

“I remembered having seen this bike in a picture in my suspect’s garage taken by another. Posing as a buyer I went to inspect the bike on Wednesday.

“Imagine my surprise and delight to notice from a chip on the bike’s tank that the colour underneath the candy apple red was indeed bubblegum blue.”

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Nathanson said he contacted the police and after cross-questioning the seller they heard he bought the bike from a man in Shallcross.

“There were no papers and the seller insisted that he knew nothing of where the bike came from originally. We interviewed the man in Shallcross who led us to another person he bought the bike from.

“They were questioned at SAPS Malvern and made certain admissions which resulted in us arresting another three suspects and recovering another two of Ken’s bikes along with things taken from Ken’s home post mortem,” Nathanson said.

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“Price was a victim of parasites who only wanted his stuff.

“He had a stroke recently. He was easily overpowered by these zombies who profited from the sale of Ken’s things they stole and sold after Ken’s disappearance,” Nathanson said.

“They even cleaned out his bank account.”

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