“We drove around the whole day hoping to spot her car or something.”
Panter was inundated with phone calls after going public. One person sent them a “please a call me” message and her husband urged her to call back in the hope that it could provide a lead to Elaine’s whereabouts.
“I called the number and a lady picked up. She started making claims that she has my daughter and demanded that I pay her R10‚000 in exchange for them. I asked her where she found her and she said Joburg. We traced the number and it said it’s in Ennerdale. What was weird is that when I asked to hear my daughter’s voice she refused‚ so I knew it was fake. They just want money.”
Since the incident‚ Panter said she had been struggling to sleep or eat.
“I am defeated‚ I can’t do anything. I’m always on the phone waiting and hoping that something comes in. All these emotions‚ I never expected something like this to happen.”
To the best of her knowledge‚ Elaine does not have a boyfriend so she doubts she went to join a man without informing her family.
“She is very responsible‚” Panter said of Elaine.
Police were contacted on Monday but could not immediately provide any comment.
The Pink Ladies organisation said in a statement it was in contact with the Benoni police and appealed to anyone with information to contact either the SAPS detectives on 011-747 2023/011-747 0000 or their organisation’s representatives on 072 214 7439/083 378 4882/08600 10111.