Two years ago, Quinton Bradley Plaatjies took early retirement after being employed at the Department of Correctional Services for more than 35 years.
In October last year, he vanished and police are now investigating how two people withdrew R100 000 from his bank account.
The search for Plaatjies, who disappeared after receiving a R4 million retirement payout, has been widened to the rest of the country.
His bank account has since been frozen.
The case has been handed over to the Provincial Organised Crime Unit which is assisting the Missing Persons Unit.
Police spokesperson, Colonel Priscilla Naidu, appealed for information about Plaatjies’ whereabouts.
“According to police information, recently retired Quinton Bradley Plaatjies was staying with friends in Nysschen Street in Ext 29 Bethelsdorp for the last three months.
His friends last saw him on October 30, 2020, when they went away for two days.
“On their return on November 1, 2020, they found that his belongings were still at the house; however, he and his car were gone,” she says.
The family says a man and a woman who withdrew money from his account had been caught on CCTV footage, which has yet to be released publicly and may assist with the investigation.
Plaatjies’ new Ford Ecosport was found abandoned on November 7, 2020, outside of Beer Shack, Humewood, in Gqeberha.
Anyone who can assist police in tracing Plaatjies is asked to contact Detective Sergeant Thembinkosi Cacadu at SAPS Bethelsdorp on 082 442 1667 or Crime Stop on 08600 10111.