A month long search for a missing Tongaat teen ended on Sunday night when the girl was spotted by two eagle-eyed Durbanites along the Warwick Avenue area in the Durban CBD.
Gabriella Krishna, 17, was discovered missing on 19 June 2019 and private security company, Reaction Unit South Africa (RUSA) reported that the girl left her Saxon Street residence to attend school but never returned home that day.
RUSA head, Prem Balram, said, “At the time it was alleged that she may have fled to Stanger with a 25 year old man whom she met on Facebook.
The family received information that the two were seen together in Tongaat the day Gabriella went missing and they were believed to have spent the night at a municipal grounds in Tongaat before they left for Stanger the next morning. Gabriella’s cellphone had been switched off since her disappearance.”
Speaking to the Springfield Weekly Gazette, Ballie Barnes, of TDK Security, said, “It was after 11:30pm when I spotted this young girl loitering around the Warwick Avenue. She seemed ill at ease and had a bag with her. That area is notorious for being a danger zone and I wondered what the girl was doing there.
“I approached her cautiously and questioned her. She appeared to be waiting for someone. I chatted with her and immediately alerted my friend, Vishnu Naidoo, to check social media for a missing girl matching the teenager’s description. It was a match when we saw the girl’s picture as a missing teen from Tongaat.”
Barnes added, “The girl’s father was contacted and arrangements were made to return the girl safely to her family. We were just happy to have been in the right place at the right time and help reunite the teen with her distraught family.”
According to media reports, Gabriella’s dad, Mark Krishna was overwhelmed at his daughter’s return and thanked both Barnes and Naidoo for intervening and acting quickly to keep his daughter safe whilst also informing the family of her whereabouts.