Police continue search for missing Ironman athlete


File: Triathletes are running to the swimming part of the KMD Ironman in Copenhagen on August 18, 2013.

JOHANNESBURG - The search is still on for Gabon based athlete David Rene Roger Bellet-Brissaud, who went missing in Port Elizabeth on the morning of Friday 13 April.

The athlete, 48, was due to participate in the Standard Bank Iron Man Africa Championship this past Sunday.

Officer Eric Mathews at the Humewood South African Police Service told eNCA.com on Monday that the search was continuing.

He said Brissaud and his wife had taken a walk on the beachfront after settling in at the Paxton hotel and had later dined with other participants from Gabon.

“At about 9pm, they retired to their rooms. It is further alleged that at about 1am on Friday, his wife woke up and noticed that her husband was not in the room. He has been missing ever since.”

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“CCTV footage shows that Bellet-Brissaud walked out of 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 cell phone with him."

Brissaud was wearing a black hoodie top with the word "Adidas" on the sleeves, blue jeans and takkies.

Police say the athlete wears prescription glasses and has a beard. His hair is slightly longer. He does not speak fluent English. He is not familiar with Port Elizabeth.

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This was the first time the couple visited the city and this would have been his first race there.

Police are appealing to anyone who may have seen Bellet-Brissaud or can provide any information of his whereabouts to contact Detective Warrant Officer Eric Mathews at the SAPS Humewood on 083-380-3714 or Crime Stop on 08600 10111 or SAPS Humewood on 041-504-5019.