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Family of missing Gabon triathlete offers reward

The family of a missing 48-year-old triathlete from Gabon is offering a R12 000 reward to anyone with information on his whereabouts that leads to him being found.

David Rene Roger Bellet-Brissaud
David Rene Roger Bellet-Brissaud. Photo by SAPS

David Rene Roger Bellet-Brissaud disappeared from the Paxton hotel on the Port Elizabeth beachfront in the early hours of Friday morning.

 

He had arrived in the city on Thursday with his wife Jessica to take part in Sunday's Standard Bank Ironman Africa Championship.

 

She told a media briefing this morning that her husband seemed happy on Thursday afternoon but was quieter than usual on Thursday evening.

 

She woke up around 1 am on Friday morning and realised that he was gone.

 

CCTV footage shows him walking out of the Paxton a short while earlier. He left his cellphone and wallet in the room.

 

His brother Gael said David was a clean-living sportsman and that the family is totally mystified at his disappearance.

 

"It is a very complicated situation, now it has been four days and five nights, it is a very long time. I do not have the information," said Gael. 

 

The missing man's sister Lydia said he lived for his sport and had competed in marathons and Ironman races around the world.

 

"The life of my brother is regular: Family, sports and his job."

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