Sunday, January 16, 2022

Fears for tourist who went missing in national park

A tourist who went missing in the Chobe National Park is feared to have been killed by wild animals in the area.

Police in Kasane have formed a search team to look for the tourist who has been missing for two weeks now.

It is reported that the tourist, John Cliften Bullen, a South African national, came to Botswana as a tourist and went to Chobe National Park where he was last seen.

It is reported that the car that he was traveling in got stuck in the park and he reportedly left his wife in the car and went to seek for assistance.

Superintendent Near Bagali of the Botswana Police Public Relations unit confirmed to The Telegraph that “an 80-year-old South African national who came to Botswana as a tourist went missing in the Chobe National Park”.

Bagali explained that on the 14th of last month (September) the car that the tourist was traveling in with his wife got stuck in the park and Bullen, using the Global Positioning System (GPS) went out from the car to seek for help but never returned to the car.

He added that the wife was then found by other tourists who then took her to the police where a docket for a missing person was opened.

Bagali further said a search team made up of police and Botswana Defense Force personnel was formed to find the missing man.

He said a helicopter is also being used to strengthen the search but so far his whereabouts are still untraceable.

“I cannot say he might have been killed by wild animals but there is that possibility because the park has dangerous animals,” he said.

He further said that they do not have a time frame for when they will call off the search because they still have hope that they will find him alive.

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