DURBAN - The search for Jamie-Lee Koen who went missing in Winston Park over a week ago has been suspended following the discovery of an unidentified body in the area on Saturday.
The body was discovered by a member of Rescuetech Search and Rescue at the base of a cliff in Winston Park.
Koen, 28, was reported missing on January 2 after he was was last seen that day at 11am at the Winston Park view site with his friends.
In a statement yesterday, Deborah Snyman, who has been speaking on behalf of Koen’s family, said in an update that they had “suspended all searches for now.”
Snyman said they were awaiting DNA testing to confirm the identity of the body which was discovered on Saturday.
“Our prayers remain with the Koen family, who have asked the public to give space and grace to allow them to process the events of the past week,” she said.
Provincial police spokesperson Colonel Thembeka Mbele told The Mercury yesterday that members from Durban SAPS Search and Rescue with their Metro Police counterparts were called out on Saturday to Winston Park for a body recovery.
Mbele said volunteers from Rescuetech were searching an overgrown area below the cliffs when they came upon a body.
“The body was recovered using a high-angle rope access system and hauled up to the top of the cliff, where it was then carried to the view site parking area and handed over to members from Hillcrest SAPS,” she said.