PORT ELIZABETH, April 20 – Port Elizabeth police dog Misty, from the canine unit, picked up a scent that led to the discovery of missing French triathlete David Bellet-Brissaud’s body from the local harbor on Thursday.
Police spokesperson Colonel Priscilla Naidu said divers had been searching the harbor since 10 am on Thursday after new video footage came to light in the case of Bellet-Brissaud, who had been missing for a week.
After viewing additional CCTV footage at the harbor, police diverted their search to another section of the port.
Warrant Officer Etienne Gerber and Paul Franks searched the area with their dogs in a rubber duck. While circling an area in the bay, Gerber’s dog, Misty immediately reacted to ascent, said Naidu.
Bellet-Brissaud’s brother and sister arrived in Port Elizabeth this week and had offered a reward of R12 000 for information on their brother’s whereabouts.
Naidu said that within ten minutes of entering the water, Bellet-Brissaud’s body was found.
His body had been kept below the surface of the water by a tyre tied with a rope to his feet.
Last Thursday, Bellet-Brissaud and his wife from Gabon booked into Port Elizabeth’s Paxton hotel for his participation in the Ironman Africa Championship.
After settling in, the couple took a walk on the beachfront and later dined with friends participants at the Boardwalk complex, police said at the time.
The triathlete went missing on Friday from the Paxton Hotel.
Police said the couple retired to their room at about 9 pm, and that at about 1 am, Bellet-Brissaud’s wife woke up and noticed that her husband was not in the room.
Police have opened an inquest docket but no foul play is suspected.
Bellet-Brissaud‘s brother Gael identified his body on Thursday afternoon.
-African News Agency (ANA)