UPDATE: Police following all leads in search for Pelser

Honeydew Police are still searching for Marthinus Pelser, the man wanted for questioning in connection with the death of his six-month-old baby boy, Deon.

Honeydew Police spokesperson, Warrant Officer Karen Jacobs, has appealed to the community to be on the lookout for the copper-coloured Kia Picanto that Pelser is said to have fled in. The registration number of the vehicle is TRX 167 GP. It was initially reported that the vehicle was white in colour, but police have now confirmed that the vehicle was in fact copper in colour.

Pelser’s baby son was found dead in his cot on 11 June. The child had sustained burn wounds and a fractured skull. Pelser is said to have left the home as soon as his wife arrived back from work and has not been seen since.

Jacobs has assured the public that police are tirelessly following up on the many leads that have come in to the station.

Should you have information on Pelser’s whereabouts, please contact the Investigating Officer, Constable Reg Mtaung on 083 341 1273 or Warrant Officer Karen Jacobs on 082 337 1085.

Update, 12 June, 10.05pm

A man is still on the run following the death of his six-month-old baby boy.

Marthinus Pelser was last seen on the evening of 11 June.

According to Provincial Police spokesperson, Kay Makhubela, the mother of the child had left the child in the father’s care when she went to work in the morning.

“When she returned in the evening, she asked her husband where the baby was. He allegedly told her that the baby was asleep in the bedroom,” said Makhubela.

But when the mother went to check on the baby, she found him wrapped up in a towel and blanket; not breathing.

According to Makhubela, when she returned to ask her husband what had happened, he had taken her car and left. He has not been seen since.

“The baby was found with burns to his body and a head injury. Paramedics were called to assist, but the baby was certified dead,” he said.

Makhubela has encouraged anyone who knows the whereabouts of Pelser, to encourage him to come forward to the police, to assist them in ascertaining what happened to the child.

Initial report, 12 June, 11.16am

Honeydew police have asked residents to be on the look out for a West-Rand man wanted for questioning.

According to SA Community Crime Watch, Marthinus Pelser disappeared on 11 June after his six-month-old son was found dead in his cot with a skull fracture along with various other injuries, and is wanted for questioning.

He is driving a copper coloured Kia Picanto with the registration TRX 167 GP.

You are urged not approach a wanted person, rather contact the police immediately.

Spokesperson for the Honeydew Police, Warrant Officer Karen Jacobs was unable to confirm this information at the time of publication.

This is a developing story. More information will follow as it becomes available.

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