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09 January 2012 at 14:54 - Posted by Anonymous

Suicidal woman missing in JHB


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Rachael Nobrega, 20, was last seen wearing a blue blouse and white shorts. Picture: Supplied

The search is on for a 20-year-old woman who went missing at around 1am on Sunday morning, in Meyersdal, south of Johannesburg.

Rachael Nobrega was believed to have been with friends and her ex-boyfriend at a local hangout, shortly before her disappearance.

Speaking to IOL , Nobrega's mother Rosanna said her daughter was last seen leaving Ball Breakers with two unknown people, after chatting to her ex-boyfriend about their breakup.

“A short while after leaving, we believe she contacted her ex-boyfriend (who did not leave with Nobrega and who is helping police with their investigation) via BBM (BlackBerry Messenger) to say she needed help. He called her back and she told him that she felt confused and disorientated ,” said Nobrega.

It's believed that moments later, the call ended without the woman saying where she was.

“My biggest fear is that she's gone with a stranger,” said Nobrega's distraught mother.

She said that her daughter had been suicidal over the December period and had been receiving psychiatric treatment for depression, for over a year.

“She was on medication and we'd sent her to rehab to wean her off it (on the advice of a second psychiatrist), because it (the medication) really messed her up.”

Nobrega said she feared that her daughter was suicidal when she left the local hangout on Sunday morning.

“She couldn't accept the breakup. She couldn't handle the rejection,” she said.

“She didn't have any money on her and I've checked my medical aid bills and credit cards and she hasn't bought any medication.”

Chemists in the area had also been informed of her daughter's disappearance and medical condition, she said.

Rachael Nobrega was last seen wearing a light blue blouse and white shorts.

A missing person's docket has been opened and Nobrega said police were tracing her daughter's cell number to pick up her last known area before her phone switched off.

Anyone with information on Nobrega's whereabouts are asked to call Rosanna on 071-891-5553 or Constable Rian Venter on 082-054-7676. You may also call the Brackendowns Police Station on (011) 617 5612/3. - IOL

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