National 27.7.2016 02:09 pm

Authorities hot on trail of missing KZN flood victim

Heavy equipment is needed to lift the debris. Photo: Northglen News

Heavy equipment is needed to lift the debris. Photo: Northglen News

Authorities are waiting for heavy-lifting equipment to arrive to continue the search.

Sniffer dogs have picked up a scent at the search site where Brenda Scriven was last seen. The 62-year-old Sunningdale resident went missing more than 40 hours ago and a frantic search was launched shortly after she disappeared on Monday night, reports the Northglen News.

Hundreds of people were involved in a community-driven search on Monday and Tuesday nights, but volunteers were unable to find any trace of her

Kyle van Reenen of Marshall Security, who has been actively involved in the search, confirmed earlier today that a sniffer dog from the Police K9 Search and Rescue Unit picked up a scent at the stream on Old North Coast Road in Glen Anil.

“Basically at the moment what we are seeing is the Police K9 Search and Rescue Unit busy combing the area with the assistance of eThekwini Fire and Rescue heavy lift unit. Within the steel cages they got a bit of a scent, that needs to be lifted up, so that the canines can get underneath to see if they can find anything further,” he said.

Scriven – a mother, wife and grandmother – was on her way home when tragedy struck. It is believed her vehicle was overrun by gushing floodwater, forcing her to abandon her car during Monday night’s pouring rain.

Van Reenen said the current equipment on the scene was not able to move the massive reinforcing boulders and steel cages that had been dislodged by the heavy rains. 

An anonymous source at the scene said CCTV footage of a nearby business had emerged showing Scriven experiencing car trouble. An eyewitness also alleged seeing someone being washed away by the floods.

Authorities are still on scene. Photo: Northglen News

Authorities are still on scene. Photo: Northglen News

Caxton News Service

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