A French triathlete due to become part of today’s IRONMAN African Championships in Port Elizabeth, has suddenly gone missing just hours before this weekend’s major event.
The local police are now searching for the missing Ironman triathlete, age 48, named David Rene Roger Bellet-Brissaud.
The first to report his sudden disappearance was his wife who after waking up in the middle of the night, found no sign of her husband at the hotel they were staying at.
“After settling in, the couple took a walk on the beachfront and later dined with friends from Gabon who were also participating in the event, at the Boardwalk complex,” she said.
“CCTV footage shows that Bellet-Brissaud left the room, walked out the hotel and down the street. It is not clear in which direction he walked once on the main road. He did not take his wallet or cellphone with him,” Police spokeswoman Colonel Priscilla Naidu stated.
The first tie visiting Port Elizabeth
Naidu also added that the triathlete had been wearing a black, Adidas hoody top and blue jeans.
“He wears prescription glasses and sports a beard. His hair is slightly long. He does not speak fluent English. It is the first time that the couple is visiting Port Elizabeth. This would have been his first race,” she said.
Anyone who may provide any information of his whereabouts is advised to contact D/W/O Eric Mathews at SAPS Humewood on 083 380 3714 or Crime Stop 08600 10111.